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When Tragedy Strikes

Arizona Road from Away Network

There are days when I feel so overwhelmed.  I find it hard to focus when my thoughts are all over the place.  I want to get on the road and just go.

I begin to pray and my mind wanders.  Things happen and I don't understand ...why.
I received news earlier this week that a friend died.  Her husband was flying their plane and Lori and their three young children were on board.  The plane crashed due to a malfunctioning door.

Lori was a vibrant and beautiful woman.  She loved the Lord, her family and her children. We served as children's leaders in Bible Study Fellowship several years ago.  I remember her smiling face as she brought her children to class to learn about Jesus.

This morning we learned that her youngest child died in the hospital due to injuries from the crash.  Her husband and two daughters remain hospitalized. 

The tragedy of two lives gone so quickly. A family that will be impacted forever. 

Why Lord?  

I don't understand.

A prayer vigil is being held at their church for the remaining family members. 

We are comforted by the Scriptures:

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." Psalm 116:15

Although I don't understand, I continue to trust God.

One day we will understand but for now ...I walk by faith.

Please remember the Crane family in your prayers.

In Christ,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Dear Debbie...I am so very sorry for the loss of your friend...praying for the Crane family...

  2. Again so sorry Debbie! He has not left this family and will stand by their side. HE WILL comfort them and strengthen them. He will use this for His glory and their good. He will bring beauty from the ashes. Trust in His love and cling to the hope of JESUS CHRIST! They are with Him now - PRAISE HIM and know that one day we will all be together again!

    Love in Him,

  3. So sorry sis, praying for this family.

  4. Oh Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear this. I will say a prayer for you and this family. What a sad tragedy. It's hard to understand.

  5. Debbie:

    I so understand your sense of hurt and loss right now. This precious family has been split and hearts are broken. Right now is when we take that step by step into who God is, and trust that He has this family in His hands, even tonight in their loss and sorrow. When you said "I walk by faith"... this is one of those times, and God alone makes it possible.

    Praying with you for the Crane family, for healing and comfort.

    Thank you for sharing this so we can lift them up with you.

    Big hugs!


  6. Dear Debbie...I know there are no words that can be said that will ease your or the Crane family's anguish. All I can do is throw out a "life-line" of comfort to you...and that's God's precious Word. Psalm 34:18 "The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Like you said, "walk by faith." And when you feel you can't walk, remember He will carry you! Praying for you, sis!

  7. Sometimes I don't understand, In the midst of my uncertainty, I know God is good, always will be. Their lives are in the best hands.

    Loving you,

  8. This is heartbreaking. I'm so sorry for this family and for close friends like you. There is no way to make sense of something like this; we can only do as you are doing - trust God. This is a ggeat verse you picked. God's blessing to you and this family.


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  10. I am praying for this family and for you, Debbie. May God's comfort get everyone through this tragedy. So sad.

  11. Oh, Dear, that is so sad. That is a great scripture verse. Praying for the family ~ Love you ~

  12. I am so sorry for this loss. How sad to see them go too soon. But I really liked what you said about someday we will understand and that we walk by faith. I agree. I think that is what it is alll about.

  13. Deb,
    I'm so sorry - for all of you who remain.

  14. So sorry to hear about this Debbie. My heart too is heavy for all left behind. Praying... Debbie

  15. Debbie, Thanks for stopping by my Blog, I'm a Christian also and I'm so sorry to hear of your loss.

    We lost our brother in a car accident at the age of 22. To this day on the anniversary of his death it is still hard but the Lord fills us with his peace & comfort during these times. It truly surpasses all our understanding & we take comfort in the knowledge that we will see him again!

    You are in my prayer!

  16. Oh Debbie, this is so sad. I agree with you - I sometimes do not understand the ways of the Lord.

    I will keep the Crane family in my prayers.

    Love & peace,
    <>< Iris

  17. Debbie, I am so very sorry. My heart is so sad. It's so hard to understand why God allows things to happen. But we continue to trust. He is always good. Praying for you and the Crane family!

  18. Hi Debbie,
    I just stopped by your blog
    for the first time today and
    read of your loss. I am so
    very sorry. We don't always
    understand why things happen
    and that's when we really
    have to trust the Lord. We
    know there is no evil in Him
    and all His plans for all of
    His children are good. Your
    friend and her child are in
    the very presence of the Lord
    now. We can't fathom how very
    wonderful this is!! I will
    be praying for her remaining
    family members to heal quickly
    emotionally as well as physically.
    Please try to rest in His love
    and care.
    Warm Regards,

  19. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I will add this family to my prayers. Take care.

  20. praying for you and for your friend's family.

  21. I have been praying since your email and will continue to pray...Beth Moore addresses this so much in some of her studies...I don't understand either, but I do know the One who holds us all
    Blessings to you as you work through this loss...so, so very sorry!!

  22. I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you, your friend and their family. I hope that God uses this in ways we cannot see because it is so hard to understand.

  23. I am so sorry, Debbie and my heart is heavy for them and for you. It is so hard to understand God's ways, but I agree that trusting Him and walking by faith gets us through difficult times. I am praying for the Crane family and for you, dear friend.

    Love to you,

  24. Dear, dear Debbie,
    I read of your loss on my dear friend, Sandy's blog. My heart goes out to you and to your friend's family. I will be praying for all concerned. I cannot fathom a loss like this but know that all our preparation in His Word will not return void in times like these.

  25. I still think of you almost every time I quote Psalm 19. Thanks again.

  26. Oh, Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend and the loss of her life and her daughter's. Please know that I'm praying for her family and friends, including you.

    I know how important those prayers are. My brother and family certainly could not have gotten through the past couple of weeks without them. Thank you so much for being so faithful to pray for Jimmy and our family. You are a blessing.

  27. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I pray that God comforts you and your friend's family as they go through these difficult days.

    Trusting Him, Joan

  28. A valid question, Debbie.

    A valid response.

    To pray.

    For one another. With one another. My heart is grieved; may God be tender and kind to your hurting heart in this time.



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