Friday, April 30, 2010
Ally Ross, Tough Questions about Death
This morning we talked about how to answer some of the tough questions that come with the death of Ally Ross. In the midst of our own pain over what has been happening at the school, we are bombarded with questions about Christ and God because we are known as the Christians. Here are some of the things we talked about today for a refresher:
1.) Show the love of God to everyone even teachers who are suffering from our loss.
2.) This is an opportunity to share God grace with our fellow students. Don't miss this opportunity.
3.) Don't question your own faith in response to questions flying at you. Stand Strong!
Why would God take someone so young?
~ God works through everyone's life differently. And when God chooses to take someone so young, he does so for a bigger purpose that we can find hard to understand. Ally's life and her story, being a 8th grader who fought against cancer, is inspiring. People will hear the story of her life and her courage and want to know more about her. We may not see it now, but Ally would count it a privilege that her own life story will help lead so many people to Christ. And also remember, Ally may be gone, but she now lives with Christ and she will never be in pain again!
Watch the reactions of people at her funeral, I'm sure you will find people turning to God just as we should.
What happens after you die?
~God asks that we confess with our mouth that we love Him and that He is the almighty God and that we believe with all of our heart that Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again. If we believe this, we will spend forever in heaven with God after we die. On the other hand if we do not believe this, we will live forever separated from God in Hell. God does not want anyone to go to Hell, but because of sin He can not be with us unless we have been forgiven. He loves us so much that He sent His son to take care of the sin that separated us so that we could spend forever with Him.
These are the two main questions that you will be asked as the Christians at SLMS. Please let me or any of the Christian teachers know if you have anymore questions. Also ask your youth leaders! Invite those friends who are hurting to club on Friday. Pray over them, and pray for Ally's family.
I love you all so much, and I couldn't have been more proud of you this morning! All 42 of you!