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When Life Is Sad, God is Good

Meet Fortune

Fortune's life may seem a little sad. He doesn't have a dad, and his mom can't walk. But Fortune has seen so much of God's goodness that his heart is full of joy! Today's memory verse is "The Lord is close to the brokenhearted." In this video we see Fortune's mother thanking God for the provision made for them. Even in extreme hardship, her grateful heart allows her to celebrate God's blessing. One of the things that children learn from VBS, and from participating in the VBS offering, is that the life we live here in the Midwest is often much easier than children's lives in other countries. Hopefully, the students this week have seen the children in Africa with God's eyes of love and have broadened their life perspective.

However, one broken heart cannot be compared with someone else's broken heart. The Bible doesn't put conditions on what causes the broken heart. The promise is that the Lord is close to the brokenhearted. Is your heart heavy with grief? Are you in an uncertain place in life and your heart is heavy with worry? Has someone you love disappointed and hurt you with unthinking words? The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. Share your brokenness with God in prayer. Thank God for the blessing you have. Remember that even Jesus felt alone and deserted on the cross. But God is faithful. He feels our pain along with us. 

Our children feel sadness as well. They often don't have the words to share that sadness. It may come across as misbehavior. God will use you to help them in their brokenheartedness if you listen closely and help them give word to their pain. Even what seems a small hurt in an adult eye can be big to a child. Take the opportunity in the small hurts and the big hurt to pray with your child about them. As the old hymn says, "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."

Posted by Janet Hill at 6:00 AM
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