Hope! Sun 21st August 16

Less than an hour ago I received an email from South Africa saying that Laura Tucker had died suddenly from a brain aneurysm. I have stayed in Tim and Laura’s home on a number of occasions and while visiting the UK, they have stayed in ours. Over the years we have worked, strategized, ministered and laughed together. We have counted Tim and Laura as two of our closest friends and it has been a privilege to have stood with them and their ministry, Message South Africa, both as individuals and as a church.

Over the years I have witnessed that at times of devastation such as this; we as believers display one of two responses. We either turn towards God or we turn away from God. Indeed, there was an occasion when the crowds were leaving Jesus that He asked His disciples; “are you not going to leave as well?” As was so often the case, Simon Peter answered saying; “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words that give eternal life” (John 6:67, 68). That you see is the long and short of it. The Lord Jesus has the words of eternal life. Therefore it is only in turning to Him and not from Him that we can ever hope to receive hope, peace, comfort and solace. However, I want you to notice that I have not said that in turning to God that we receive a full- understanding of why The Lord has allowed a tragedy to unfold. You see the truth is, that The Lord allows things to happen that seem incomprehensible and if we are honest (due to our limited understanding), almost irresponsible. Yet we remember that six hundred years before Jesus, the prophet Isaiah recorded “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine”. (Isaiah 55:9).

Please pray then that Tim along with the three children, Caleb, Sammy and Erin would receive a revelation of God’s love that is deeper than an understanding and the comfort of His Holy Spirit that goes beyond their comprehension. Pray that through the darkest of days that the glory of God would still be revealed to them in the face of Christ.

Yours in Him, Gareth