When Tragedies Strikes

Ellen J. Barrier
Author/Spirituality Counselor

In times of tragedies, and loss of loved ones, we seek for answers and for strength to deal with the pain that causes discomfort. We know that within our souls, only our creator can comfort us, and give the needed strength within us, to enable us to rise up! And deal with the situation that we have encountered, victoriously. Many ask, Why?

Each individual have to find the courage and strength to continue to live their lives at their own pace. Not everyone deal with tragedies and losses the same as others. Some people need a longer time and a slower pace. 


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Ephesians 6:10, 12

God holds accountable those who inflict pain and cause the death of another individual without justifiable cause such as in the case of self-defense, or to save another individual’s life. He will not allow such individual to go unpunished by his own judgment and time.

He also, will judge those in leadership positions who are using politics and passing laws and are using their influences that are not helping to better the nations, but are rather destroying its people and separating them.

When a tragedy happen, each one of us should ask ourselves, what can I do to make this world safer?
As a parent, we should ask, am I being the parent that I need to be?

Am I living the example for my children that will help them to be respectful to others and to value the life of others?

We live in a society that is addicted to violence. It is up to us to teach our children, and other children not to commit wrongful acts. It is time for all parents to work together, with teachers, and with other leadership individuals, to help our young people avoid violence.

 A young person should be able to have the knowledge to make a righteous decision, about what they view. A song, or a movie, or book that portrays a violent act, is no cause for anyone to commit those acts upon another individual. Acting is what it is! It is not real! The people are entertainers, who are paid to do their job. They don’t commit the acts of the individuals they are portraying.

Case in Point:
The Bible is filled with violent acts committed by young and old. Those things were recorded for our learning, for the purpose that we shouldn't commit them. And to know that those things displeases God, and to expect his punishment.

Title: "How to Trust God When All Other Resources Have Failed"
ISBN: 978-0-9794043-0-6
Copyright© 1994
Authors: George C. Barrier Sr., & Ellen J. Barrier

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When God Chastises

Ellen J. Barrier/author/
Spirituality Counselor

“Men think God is destroying them because he is tuning them. The violinist screws up the key till the tense cord sounds the concert pitch; but it is not to break it, but to use it tunefully, that he stretches the string upon the musical rack”.
Henry Ward Beecher (Life Quote Lib)


For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:
Shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Hebrews 12:6-11 (K.J.V)

My Thoughts:

When we consider the things that happen upon earth that causes discomfort such as the world’s fragile economy, destruction caused by storms, intense heat, financial distress, incurable diseases, severe illnesses and other things that cause great losses, we know that this is the intervention of a hand that is supernatural.


When we consider those who are in leadership positions beginning in the homes, churches, schools, government, legal system, and in such places of authority who have failed to accept responsibility and do their jobs respectfully; and then we look at the number of young people whose lives have been affected due to poor guidance or lack of parental guidance, that have caused bullying, killings, stealing, sexual assaults, and crimes committed by very young children, we know that something is going to occur to correct this situation.

In a news report, the Headline read: 3-year-Old Boy Armed, the report further noted:
A 3-year-old boy was found wandering in the streets, with a loaded .38 caliber revolver.

Another report:

Child Criminals: Five-Year-Old Girl Murdered by Three Six-Year-Old Boys
Report after report, tells us of crimes committed by very young people. Can you imagine the wrongful and disgusting things that God and the angles see that are done by both the young and the old? Every individual in leadership positions are responsible for those who they are leading. Parents cannot blame anyone for their child’s bad behavior if they haven’t done proper parenting.
___Ellen J. Barrier

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ISBN: 978-0-9794043-0-6
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Authors: George C. Barrier Sr., & Ellen J. Barrier

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