Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the Name of the Lord." In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. Job 1:20-22
Sadness and suffering ... and the loss of children ... did not end with Job.
Madonna Badger can attest to that. It was Christmas morning when a fire broke out in her brand-new home. Investigators say that ashes removed from the fireplace ignited on the back porch and quickly spread through the house.
Badger managed to make it out of the fire, but her three daughters and her parents didn't.
Firemen had to physically restrain the mother from re-entering the building. All she could do was cry for her children, as the sad and sorry scene played out.
No, sadness and suffering didn't end with Job. And there is another thing that didn't end with him either. Like Job, this young mother refused to charge God foolishly. She did not sin in her grieving.
On the contrary, at old St. Thomas Church in Manhattan, New York, the mother stepped up to the lectern and spoke of her three daughters, who lay in small coffins at the front of the church.
Talking about Lily, Sarah and Grace, Badger encouraged people to remember her daughters and to show their Christian love in action. She said love is a wonderful thing, but love ought to find a way to express itself. She asked those who heard their story to let their love find "a way to help each other every day."
Job would have been proud of this Christian lady's witness.
This should be the same witness each of us, hopefully, without the tragedy, should make in our lives. We who have experienced the love of God's Son, who was sacrificed so we might have forgiveness and salvation, should be motivated to love, to love in our words, our actions, our activities.
It is the proper way for Christ's people to respond to the death and resurrection and love of God's only Son.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, may I always remember and respond to the salvation message that says You loved me enough to send Your Son to save me. This I pray in my Redeemer's Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries