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Your Family Can Be Happy

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When Tragedy Strikes

When Tragedy Strikes

“You are greatly rejoicing, though for a short time, if it must be, you have been distressed by various trials.”1 Peter 1:6

Even though you try your best to have a happy marriage and family, unexpected things can happen that make it difficult for you to keep your joy. (Ecclesiastes 9:11) God lovingly provides help for us when we face difficulties. If you apply the following Scriptural principles, you and your family will be able to cope, even in the worst situations.

1 RELY ON JEHOVAH

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: “Throw all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) Always remember that God is not to blame for your trials. (James 1:13) As you draw close to him, he will help you in the best possible way. (Isaiah 41:10) “Pour out your hearts before him.”Psalm 62:8.

You will also find comfort when you read and study your Bible every day. As a result, you will experience how Jehovah “comforts us in all our trials.” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4; Romans 15:4) He promises to give you “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.”Philippians 4:6, 7, 13.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Pray for Jehovah’s help to stay calm and think clearly

  • Review all your options and choose the best course available to you

2 TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: “The heart of the understanding one acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks to find knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15) Get all the facts. Find out what every member of your family needs. Talk with them. Listen to them.Proverbs 20:5.

What if a loved one dies? Do not be afraid to express your emotions. Remember that even Jesus “gave way to tears.” (John 11:35; Ecclesiastes 3:4) Getting enough rest and sleep is also important. (Ecclesiastes 4:6) This will make it easier to cope with a distressing situation.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Before tragedy strikes, make it a habit to communicate with your family. When problems arise, they will feel comfortable talking with you

  • Talk to others who may have faced a similar situation

3 GET THE SUPPORT YOU NEED

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS: “A true friend shows love at all times, and is a brother who is born for times of distress.” (Proverbs 17:17) Your friends want to help you, but they may not know what to do. Do not hold back from telling them what you really need. (Proverbs 12:25) Also, seek spiritual help from those who understand the Bible. The guidance they can give you from the Bible will help you.James 5:14.

You will find the support you need when you regularly associate with people who truly have faith in God and who trust in his promises. You will also find great comfort when you help others who need encouragement. Share your faith in Jehovah and his promises with them. Keep busy by helping other people in need, and do not isolate yourself from those who love you and care about you.Proverbs 18:1; 1 Corinthians 15:58.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

  • Talk to a close friend and let him help you

  • Be specific and honest about your needs