The family is well known in our town for their faith and their generosity to the community. And they've had a lot of rough times lately. With this latest tragedy in their lives, I couldn't help but think of Job.
Job was well known for being a great follower of God. Then, in a test of his faith Job lost everything - his cattle and animals, his family, his health. He went from literally "having it all" with wealth, health and a large family to nothing, and he was covered in painful boils on top of the mental anguish he had already suffered. Do you know what Job did? He said "Lord has given, and Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of Lord." Job 1:22 also states "In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly."
It's not easy when life keeps hitting you with tragedy after tragedy, but like my neighbor's and Job's examples we must always remember that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Our circumstances may change, but He is always the same - our rock and strong fortress in times of need. It won't be fun or easy, but if we only put our trust in God we can make it through anything.