Praying for Harvest Church

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Bill Garner, Steve Tucker, Tyler Patterson and Tyler Springer.

All were beloved members of Harvest Church and their loss currently leaves us without the proper words to articulate our grief.

As of our last report, Kennon Vaughan is in stable condition in a Texas hospital.

We ask for your prayers and kindly request that the families of all involved are given the proper space to grieve at this time.

We will provide more information as it is received.

We covet your prayers.

The worship center will be open from 6:30 to 8:30pm to gather for a time of prayer and mourning with Harvest elders, staff and fellow members.

‘But we do not want you to be uniformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others who have no hope.’ – 1 Thessalonians 4:13″

I saw this post earlier today and ever since then my heart has been heavy. I can’t begin to comprehend what these church members are experiencing and feeling right now, especially those family members. It’s just too much.

I know that one of them was the lead pastor, one was an executive pastor, and I believe the other two were elders. I know that all of them died except the pastor, who is currently in critical but stable condition.

I also know that this kind of grief would be completely overwhelming if I didn’t have the hope of the resurrection that Jesus offers to all who love Him and serve Him and follow Him. If this world is all there is, then these deaths are a tragic waste and nothing more. But if there’s a heaven awaiting us, then these men are already in the presence of Almighty God, hearing the words “Well done, good and faithful servants.”

They know in full what we only know in part. They see with their own eyes what we long for and hope for in faith. Their faith has been made sight.

But still those left behind still grieve. They still have an ache and a void that nothing on this side of eternity can ever fill or take away. Even Jesus, knowing full well how He was about to raise Lazarus shortly from death to life, still wept over his friend being dead in the tomb. Grief and loss and tears are part of life in this beautiful but broken world.

So I join in with so many others and pray God’s perfect peace over the families, friends, and fellow church members of these men taken so suddenly. We pray that God can take this tragedy and turn it into something good and glorious, that many eyes would be open to the frailty of life and the need for a Savior.

One day, everything broken will be made whole, all that is wrong will be made right, and all that has been lost will be restored sevenfold. One day, we’ll see the big picture and understand how God was able to weave the darker threads of tragedy into the final beautiful tapestry of God’s eternal plan.

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