Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)
As I was sitting in the sanctuary this afternoon, surrounded by family and friends of a little girl named Avery, who died this past week in a tragic accident. I was overwhelmed by several emotions. Every person deals with death in their own way, and each experience is limited or increased by past experiences. For me, I could not help but think of my own experiences with death. Four years ago my father committed suicide, as a son, you never see it coming. I experienced sadness, confusion, and A LOT of anger. The next couple years were a roller coaster. Fine one day, sad the next, and the filled with rage the next. In September of 2012 my mom died from a stroke, and this although different, still had the same sting to it. These events gave me a foundation for an experience with death. I have often wondered the questions we all wonder in times of death. “Why them?” “Why me?” “Why would God allow this to happen?” Today, a couple things are certain to me. (1) I will not know the answer to those questions this side of heaven. (2) Those event created a deep stirring in my soul for the gospel and the glory of God. (3) Jesus is much better than anything in this world, and if we hold on too tightly to things that will fade away, we will miss out on the full satisfaction that God brings.
I did not know the family of the little girl, but I was sitting in the funeral and I could feel the weight of death. I wanted to help, to be a comfort, and if i’m honest I wanted the power to bring their little girl back to life. In my arrogance, as I was thinking about what was happening, I thought in my head, “God give me their burden! Give me their grief! I’ve carried the burden of death before!”
However, reality sunk in. I do not have the capacity to hold such a weight. No one does. If they were to attempt to “cast their burden on me” they would be so disappointed. I do not have the power or the goodness to uphold it. God is the only one who has that capacity, he welcomes the burden, and he delights in comforting his sons and daughters.
In his omnipotence we can rest assured that he will sustain us. I kept coming back to Psalm 63
 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,  when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night;  for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
(Psalm 63:5-8 ESV)
In death and suffering we cling, cling to the only one who can help, cling to Him who overwhelms us with his goodness. We cling because as sons and daughters, we have a God who saved us in the midst of our depravity. Surely that God is worthy of our burden.
My comfort is simply this: As a son of God, I have been adopted as one of his own, and in light of that, have full confidence in his faithfulness, both to me, and his church.
 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Please remember the Byrd family and keep them in your prayers. My hope is that we rally around them so that can know the satisfaction that comes in God alone, and God’s glory can be displayed for all the world to see,