The events of this week have shocked Cavan, Ireland and beyond. I imagine that in almost every conversation we have had this week the subject of the tragic deaths in Ballyjamesduff has come up. It's such a desperately sad start to the new term. It is just impossible to understand and utterly heart-breaking. We weep with those who weep, and pray for those grieving to know the peace of Christ that passes understanding. We pray especially for the family, friends and colleagues at the funeral today and we will continue to pray for them tomorrow in our services and in the weeks ahead.
Our only hope is in the God who has entered into our world and shared our sufferings, the Lord Jesus Christ, the one who was described as a "man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief", the one who "has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" (Isaiah 53:3-4). Through his suffering he promises a new world where there will be no more weeping, no infants that live only a few days, no more tears and no more death (see Isaiah 65:17-25 and Revelation 21:3-4).
In case it's helpful to any that want to explore things further - you'll find a talk on pain and suffering and another on depression here. Do get in contact if you would like to talk further using the form here.
And a very helpful book here.