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Where do you turn when life comes crashing down around you? When you feel alone and powerless in the midst of a terrible tragedy? Linda Oliver, Founder of the “Hope for the Nation” volunteer network, had to grapple with these questions head on when her daughter Ashley was gravely injured in a car accident that would forever change their lives. Looking back, she recounts how she cried out to God, trusting Him that His will would be done:
God was gracious to heal Ashley and restore her to her mother Linda. However, being on this side of heaven means that not every story will have a happy ending. In James 1:1-4, the God teaches us about how to face these times of trial, saying “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your father produces steadfastness. And let your steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” We must exercise our faith during such difficult times, pray to the Lord, and trust that His will will be done in all things!