There are few times in a preacher’s life when he is short on words. On Sunday night around 11:45 as I entered Billy and Denise Rabon’s living room, I was speechless. My heart was broken so badly for them that I honestly did not know what to say. I wish I could have shared great words of faith and comfort, but all I could do was pray. There are times in life when all we can do is pray and depend on God. When people ask me, “Why does God allows bad things to happen to good people?”, 9 times out of 10 my answer is, “I don’t know.”
A few moments after arriving at the Rabon’s, Mark Hanley and I held hands with Angel’s immediate family in a small prayer circle. I quoted Bible verses and prayed for God to comfort them with His love, grace and mercy. We prayed for God to work this tragedy out for His good and ultimately for Him to be glorified. When difficult things happen in life (and book of James says that all of us will go through them), we can either run to God or run away from God. As I have had tears in my eyes multiple times this week, my prayers have been for God to use this tragedy to lead dozens and dozens of teenagers and parents to faith in Jesus.
I know that all of the Graystone family has been praying this week for Denise and her family. Thank you to many of you who have brought food, love and support by their house. I know it means the world to Denise and her family. I told Denise last night that this is one of those events in life that she will never “get over”, but she can get through it by the grace of God. And we as a church family need to walk with them through this valley.
If you are a part of the Graystone family and you are in town, please show your love and support for Billy and Denise by visiting them on Thursday anytime between 4:00-8:00 PM or by attending the Memorial Service on Friday at 11:00AM. Both events will be held at Graystone Church. Thank you so much for your prayers and support.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10