Sudden tragedies are a part of everyday news—both in our country and in our communities. Here are some resources that offer hope and help for facing the sobering reality of grief when our worst nightmare comes knocking at the door.
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Last week when the accounts of gun violence in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio were grieved all across the country, I was about to interview Cameron Cole on the topic of sudden tragedy. While his interview was not originally scheduled to air this month, I made the decision to immediately release the conversation given the nation's mourning over the incidences.

Even if we've not personally been affected by the tragedy of senseless gun violence, many of us know what it's like to lose someone we love unexpectedly. Perhaps we know what it is to carry a child's casket, like this week's podcast guest does. Or perhaps we've had to live in the wake of suicide or cancer or a heart attack or car accident or any number of unpredictable culprits that have changed the landscape of our future on this planet.

This week on the podcast, author Cameron Cole shares about the night his 3-year-old son suddenly died in his sleep. What would cause a perfectly healthy boy to die like that? How in the world does anyone find the strength to keep breathing when experiencing such a loss? More importantly, how does faith in Jesus Christ keep mourners afloat when their worlds seemingly come crashing down in the blink of an eye?

I offer this week's conversation to you with empathy and love. There are no easy answers. Sometimes, there are no answers at all. But we look to the One who gives and takes away and trust that somehow, someway, someday...our sad things will come untrue.

As Always,

Hope + Help for Sudden Tragedy with Cameron Cole

In this episode of The Hope + Help Project, I interview author Cameron Cole about living through your worst nightmare and his book, Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Comfort, Sustain, and Redeem in Tragedy. Cameron shares about the sudden death of his 3-year-old son, some of the raw emotions and thoughts that arise when facing unexpected bereavement, and how the gospel of Jesus Christ comforts and sustains in times of excruciating grief. He also addresses the harmful mentalities Christians can mistakenly adopt during the grieving process and encourages mourners to cling to God's provisional grace to make it through impossible days.
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Therefore I Have Hope: 12 Truths that Sustain, Comfort, and Redeem in Tragedy

"Throughout the journey of my worst nightmare—my descent into a dark, sad valley—the Holy Spirit would remind me of truths that comforted my soul and sustained my life."

After the sudden death of their three-year-old son, Cameron Cole and his wife found themselves clinging to Christ through twelve key theological truths—truths that became their lifeline in the midst of unthinkable grief. Weaving together their own story of tragic loss and abiding faith, Cole explores these twelve life-giving truths to offer hope and comfort to those in the midst of tragedy.

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Related Hope + Help Project Podcast Episodes

Here are other episodes I've aired that may be helpful to those walking through a sudden tragedy:

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The Joy That Lies Behind: One Place to Look When Tragedy Strikes

After the loss of my son, I discovered that so many of the common images of life that possessed no emotional associations in the past become emblems of sadness. The playground on the drive to work now provokes painful memories. The fire station that you never noticed now carries a daunting reminder of the paramedics who carried him to the hospital. The emergency room entrance at the Children’s Hospital previously did not matter, but now you drive miles out of the way to avoid ever seeing it again.

The optics of tragedy make seeing a fearful challenge in daily life. While we may conceptually accept that God is a deliverer, all of the visual wreckage and debris that surrounds our lives undermines the notion of God’s goodness. For most of us, images of our worst pervade our lives.

How does one find joy, and, therein, the companionship of God, when all of the images around us exacerbate our pain and feed our doubts?

Read Cameron's Article at Desiring God
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