We have just published The Story of Samuel, about my son who died in a house fire 18 years ago. Samuel was 12 years old ...
Over many decades of pastoral ministry I have come to understand that in this life almost all will have painful and tragic experiences, even those who possess extraordinary faith ...
The great Pentecostal healing evangelist and faith teacher, Smith Wigglesworth lost his son George at 12 years old. A spiritual father of mine, elder Larry Carroll, from the congregation where I received salvation at 12½ years old, lost his son in a terrible accident. He also was 12. Five young people from the youth group of Pascack Bible Church in Hillsdale, New Jersey died in that accident. Larry was a great man of faith in the promises of God. The death of his son was a mystery. However Larry rejoiced that his son was with the Lord and continued on in the same faith and ministry as before, while carrying the pain of loss on this side of eternity. My wife Patty and I have experienced few personal tragedies, but they have been big ones ...
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Instead, you shall certainly open your hand to him, and you shall certainly lend [to] him according to his need