Pastor Cites Scripture To Help Others Cope With Tragedy
SISTERSVILLE – Pastor Tim Kelley of Sistersville’s United Methodist Church addressed the tough month filled with three tragic deaths in Tyler County.
David Weekley of Pennsboro died in an automobile accident on Jan. 8 on W.Va. Route 2 on the outskirts of Sistersville.
Hunter D. Osborn of Jane Lew sustained injuries from the rear of a tractor trailer on Jan. 12 at a well pad site near Middlebourne, was taken via medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital where he later died.
Nine-year-old Hunter Wiley died in a fire on Jan. 24 at his family’s home outside Middlebourne.
Kelley advises people to embrace their faith and each other.
“Our area has been hit with some rough tragedies over the last few weeks. I know some have asked me about God in the midst of this,” he said. “First, we can never fully have all the answers about this journey of life.
“There are events that happen that there is no textbook answer to give.”
Kelley offered personal account about a friend of his who endured the loss of his wife.
“I had a pastor friend whose wife was diagnosed with cancer, and after a two-year battle, she lost the fight. I remember asking him how he made it through,” Kelley said. “He said he would go to her grave, and yell at God. I remember telling him that anger was a normal part of the grieving process, and our God is big enough to handle our grief. But, he also told me he prayed throughout the process, and was surrounded by others love. He felt Gods presence thought prayer and others love.”
The Bible provides a way and a means to endure tragedy.
“As we go through terrible events in life, it is important to surround each other with love, encouragement, and prayer,” Kelley said. “Psalm 136 verse one states, “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Christianity has never promised there will be not be suffering, or events that shake our being. The Christian faith does promise it does not have the final word. The Israelites were set free from slavery. King David found deliverance from his afflictions. And, on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead. May we be reminded Gods love endures forever in the midst of all that life throws at us, and that nothing can separate us from Gods love.”