The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


During times of grief

Visitations by God come in the ordinary and familiar

The loss of a child rips and tears at the soul like a ravenous beast. The pure pain of the death, the unreality of the funeral experience, and the mental and physical suffering that stays with you precludes any thought of what the death means in terms of faith and worship — even how one regards God.

Theology wasn't an issue for us when our 18-year-old son was killed in an auto accident. I wasn't looking for answers to "Why?" My wife and I were looking, at first, for peace and respite and sleep that would not come.

But God came to us.

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