From Mourning to Morning

Here I am sitting at the keyboard trying to collect the right words to describe my feelings about last week- about what I witnessed and felt in the aftermath of the horrific events that took the precious lives of Karen and Cole Ferguson.

I can’t really find many.

I do not want to rehearse any of those events. I am still thinking about the overwhelming outpouring of support demonstrated by those touched by this tragedy. God’s people rose up and surrounded Les, his boys and their family in truly tremendous ways. Darkness struck an awful blow, but Light powerfully responded. God was and is at work among his people. The Ferguson and Brown families are not and will not be alone in their grief.

To be sure- it is their (and to a lesser degree our) time for mourning. Few among us can really know the extent of their grief. There is really no way to compare it. It is journey they must undertake through the edges of the “valley of the shadow of death.”  Faithfully- I believe- they will take it. Faithfully God and his staff will be there to comfort and guide them-to eventually find peace beside still waters.

It is a journey from mourning to morning.

It will happen for each in their own time (and God’s). It will likely remain a bittersweet process. Perhaps it will not be fully complete until an eternal reunion, but one day it will be complete.

Les, I am praying for you- for strength on this journey.

Oh, and one more thing- no matter the depth of darkness and the damage it creates, it will never triumph over Light.


4 Responses to From Mourning to Morning

  1. Ken Laney says:

    AMEN! AMEN! Very well stated Danny, thanks.

  2. Barry Josephson says:

    Thank you Danny, for reminding us that God is always Faithful, that this side of life is temporary and full of sadness, but eternity will make all things clear and erase all tears. Until that great reunion, may God continue to bless Les and his boys by the outpouring of His love through friends like you and Terry.

  3. Stephanie Davis-Keeton says:

    Danny, I can feel your hurt as I have read your posts regarding this tragedy. You are such an awesome individual. I wanted to share something from Rev. Billy Graham’s advice to a writer titled “Even During Hardship, God is Still With You”:
    “The Bible urges us to pray for all who are in places of authority-and more than ever we should heed that command (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2). Our world faces uncertain days, and our leaders (in business as well as government) need wisdom and courage to make right decisions.
    One of the Bible’s greatest truths is that God is with us not only when life is going well, but also when it isn’t. I often think of Job in the Old Testament. God had blessed him with health, prosperity, and a loving family-but almost overnight it all was taken away. People urged him to turn against God-but he rrused, because he knew God had not abandoned him, in spite of his confusion over what had happened. He told them, “Shall we acept good from God, and not trouble?” (Job 2:10). In time God restored what he had lost. I wish I could tell you everything will suddenly change for you, and I pray even if it doesn’t, my prayer is that during these days you will draw closer to God instead of drifting from Him. Use the extra time God has given you to become more involved in your church, to pray, to study your Bible, and to volunteer for programs tht help others. God’s promise is for you: “I am with you and will watch over you”(Genesis 28:15).”

    This is something that you taught us at Gateway. -And you thought we weren’t listening. Continued prayers for you, your family, and Les’ family. We miss and love you tremendously.


  4. Maggie says:

    This may sounds strange, but I found a prayer book with your name on it. Do you by chance ever lose a prayer book?

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