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This week has been a great trial for many people, especially a young family who lost their precious six-year old daughter Kortni in a drowning accident this past Sunday afternoon. I’m thankful for Jesus’ words, “The Kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” I’m thankful for the many people who have been showering Kortni’s family with love this week and will continue to do so. I’m also thankful for the co-ministers who have been involved. As an interim pastor I’ve been involved in ministry to the family this week, but the former pastor was able to come and lead a prayer service that I couldn’t lead, and the funeral was at a different church (the father and mother are members of different churches), and I’m thankful (not only for my sake, but for the family’s) that the pastoral ministry load could be shared. I’m happy to do all I can, and there’s lots of continuing ministry yet ahead, but my soul is still raw from several tragic deaths during my ministry in South Dakota (including an infant with a birth defect, a teen suicide, and a falling accident), and it was merciful of God to bring in others to lead the services this week. “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2. Every one contributes something.

This past Monday morning, when I woke up with a heavy heart for the family, and wondered how I was going to bear the week myself, this upbeat, hopeful song gently began running through my mind. Just thought I’d share it with you, too.

Poignantly, Keith Green himself died in a small plane crash along with two of his young children. God never promised to deliver us from walking in the valley of the shadow of death, but He does promise to be there with us. Pray for Kortni’s family.

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