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Strength at a difficult time in life.

winnie 1Death – O how cruel you are!  I recently lost my sister (at 4.00am on 11th October 2013), Miss Winnie Amaguru,  just a few days after her thirty ninth birthday and the last couple of days have been tough. The funeral service preparations and preparations for burial have had a physical and emotional drain on me. Yet in all this I am  seeing the providential hand of God’s comfort.

In the next few days I will be travelling from London back to Uganda where I will present the body to the rest of the family. We intend to give my sister a decent burial and thank God for the short time He loaned her to us.

I have been encouraged by Puritan Poems and writings during this period of time. The writings have been full of Scriptural exhortations. No wonder they are such classics. This has also been a time to focus on my own spiritual walk and number my own days.

The events in life which are so much not in our control are always in the hands of the Sovereign God. Even the worst affliction has a purpose for which He allows it to come; and he too determines “This far shall it come and no more”. I would never have known the comfort of the Lord except in these times of afflictions.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

The secret formula of the saints: When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines (in His comfort)—Samuel Rutherford


13 responses to “Strength at a difficult time in life.

  1. Terra October 21, 2013 at 16:47

    I will be lifting you and your family up in prayer. May your hearts be comforted and encouraged each passing day in Christ Jesus.


  2. Paul Barnes October 21, 2013 at 16:54

    Thanks, Michael, for sharing this. Praying for you….


  3. William Martin October 21, 2013 at 17:48

    I’ll be praying for you in this time of grief that the Lord will give you comfort, wisdom and the assurance that a sovereign God loves and cares for you.

  4. Len October 21, 2013 at 18:09

    So sorry Michael, but praise God for His comfort. We shall be praying for you as you return to Uganda. Len & Phyl – Haus Barnabas

  5. Truthinator October 21, 2013 at 19:18

    Our prayers and best wishes are with you during this difficult time.

  6. Scripture Zealot October 21, 2013 at 21:14

    I’m very sorry to hear this and that you have to go through this at this time. Not that we’re ever ready for it, but this seems far too soon. I pray that you will grieve well & fully, be close to your family, be able to think about more of the good memories as time goes on as you heal, and that God would comfort you and use it to help you become more like Him.

    Thank God for all of the writers who have written material to point us to God through various Scripture and give us perspective.

  7. Loretta October 21, 2013 at 22:32

    So sorry to hear the sad news about your sister. It cant be easy dealing with your loss and organising everything in Uganda too. I pray that God will continue to give you comfort and will strengthen you and your family during this difficult time.

  8. magnifyhisword October 23, 2013 at 02:08

    It’s been a while since i came to your page until today i hear of your loss. I’m very sorry. May the Lord give you all grace. … I did not know you are originally from UG, we are neighbors. I’m from kenya.

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