Losing a child is an unimaginable grief, and it was a reality my guest, Tim Challies, and his wife Aileen had to face when their son Nick, a college student, passed away unexpectedly. As a pastor and author, Tim shares his family's journey of finding hope in the midst of their pain and offers insights on how to navigate the complexities of grief, granting ourselves grace and patience, and being authentic in our mourning.
Together, we explore the questions Tim and Aileen asked God during this time, and the temptation to allow feelings to dictate our beliefs. Tim shares how his trust in God has grown despite their tragic loss, emphasizing the importance of being grounded in the truth of God's sovereignty and goodness.
We also discussed the challenges of navigating grief within a family and the importance of offering one another grace since each person's grieving process can be different. Tim offers encouragement to those in the early stages of loss, sharing how his grief has changed over time.
Join me as we talk about God’s comfort in suffering, the limitations of seeking answers to "why" questions, and the importance of focusing on the character of God. This conversation offers a raw and honest look at the realities of suffering, and the hope and strength we can find in God and His people when faced with life's most difficult challenges.
(00:06) - Tim Challies Story
(08:15) - Navigating Grief
(20:13) - Joy in God's Sovereignty
(24:21) - Living With Grief
(35:47) - Faith and Support in Loss
(44:45) - Finding Hope in Suffering
Tim Challies is an author, speaker and elder at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario, where he and his wife Aileen reside. He is a father to two girls (one of whom is married) and one son who is waiting for him in heaven. Tim has written a number of books including:
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