22 May 2009

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I dont know why God let my dad be murdered? Over 20 years ago my father was murdered as he was working in his store. It wasn’t a robbery as there was no money or anything else taken from either the store or from my dad. The person who murdered my dad first shot him in the back. When my dad turned around and was crawling toward the phone, the person shot him again in his neck which turned out to be the fatal shot. The person then ran out of the store and got into a car with three others who left. My dad was determined to get to the phone. He was able to do so and he made two phone calls; one to the police the next to my mom. My dad was on his last breaths of life on this earth when he in a whisper to the police told them he was shot and who it was that shot him. My dad’s last breath taken was during his telling my mom that he loved her. My dad was murdered three days after Christmas, two days after my parents’ 29th wedding anniversary, three days before my sister’s birthday and four days before New Year day. Dad was a very giving and caring person who would literally give the shirt off his back to someone in need of it. My dad was laid to rest the day before my sister’s birthday. The last time that I was with my dad was on Christmas day. My dad and I got along very well. We had some shouts at times yet we would always come together and work it out. Talking with dad always helped me understand and gain wisdom. Note that sometimes it would take a while for me to understand and be wiser and I’m still learning from things he told me and from his actions. The last thing my dad and I did together was to hug each other. He told me he loved me and I told him that I loved him. That hug from my dad is a Christmas gift that I will not forget because it was the last one I received from him on this earth. Off at work in another state early that December morning I get awakened by my phone ringing. Answering it I realize that it is my brother, Chris. He’s telling me that our dad was shot and that he is dead. I’m thinking that I’m in a really bad dream, a nightmare which feels way too real to accept. It was very real however and reality was hitting me hard. I vaguely remember getting up and ready with only tiny bits of the drive in my memory....
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Where do you go when theres tragedy in your life? When something goes wrong in your life, where do you go? What do you turn to when tragedy comes into your life? Do you turn to drinking, drugs, work, sports, bed, eating, sex, or something else to cope with the tragedy that came into your life? Turning to any of these is putting yourself into denial of whatever it is that has gone wrong. You must not delude yourself with something that will prolong the tragedy being experienced and to further yourself into depression. Turning to any of these also shows that you have no faith in God. You should always turn to God first especially when there is tragedy in your life. Clearly stated in the New Testament book of James chapter five is how to react to anything wrong coming into our lives. It even states what we should do when things are going well. Too many times however Christians (me included) have not or do not follow the direction given to us in James chapter five. Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 5:13-16) James 5:13 informs us that if anyone among us is suffering that this person must pray. Note that this verse is not talking about being sick as that is covered in verse 14. This verse is directly letting us know that for any suffering, we are to pray yet it doesn’t tell us how to pray. To know how to pray, we need to turn to Ephesians 6:18 which tells us, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” and also to Philippians 4:6 which informs us to, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” From this we know that when suffering we are to pray in the Spirit meaning in Jesus Christ and that we are to be attentive when we pray and not be ad lib but deliberate and persistent and specifically request...

Victor E. Pearson

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