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Storm-Tossed Faith – Tough Theology!

Our heartfelt prayers go out to those suffering in Houston. Tens of thousands are in shock. Their homes are shattered, their cars underwater, their places of work inundated, their keepsakes waterlogged … and some have lost family members. All seems lost. Hurricanes are vicious monsters of circumstance. They come not just in howling winds and fifty-one inches of pummeling rain. They’re also life’s reality.

“Oh, storm-tossed believer,” says Charles Spurgeon, “troubles that drive you to your father are a blessing. Now that you have only God to trust, see to it that you put your confidence in him.”

girls-picToday is our daughter, Vanessa’s thirty-first birthday. She missed yesterday’s ‘girls gathering.’ A hurricane of another sort took her home. Vanessa celebrated five birthdays with us … and the next twenty-six with her heavenly Father. We miss her desperately and remember when all seemed lost. But we persevered in storm-tossed faith … and all is well with our souls.

Houston, “now is the time for great feats of faith and courageous exploits. ‘Be strong and very courageous,’ (Joshua 1:7). As surely as He created the heavens and the earth, He will glorify Himself in your trials … His might in your distress.”

Oh, Houston, how much easier said than done. It’s tough theology, but God’s living truth.

Shalom … God’s overwhelming peace and prosperity in all things


Quotations taken from Charles Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, August 31st , Zondervan 2008, Editor Jim Reimann

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Words of support for the folks in Texas and a beautiful tribute to Vanessa. Nicely done!

    August 31, 2017
  2. Sharon White #

    Remembering your precious Vanessa
    Love you!!

    August 31, 2017
  3. Holli Holleman #

    So very true Tom!! It’s hard to explain when people are in the midst of tragedy & suffering, but you said it so well. Next week will be Alex’s 27th birthday and I am beyond thankful for the grace of our loving Father in Heaven and for the friendship of you & Jan that helped me survive & grow through my own tragedy. Blessings to you both!

    September 1, 2017
  4. Janet #

    So blessed to see my daughter as one of Yours. Cannot wait to meet sweet Vanessa, chosen to come home to Jesus a bit sooner than the rest of us. You are all such a blesssing to the Keanes as we see you delighting in the Father, inspite of the pain and questions, and temporary loss. Shalom.

    September 1, 2017
  5. Isaac Idambo #

    Dear friends,my prayers with you.
    Be s strong in the lord.Eph 6v10.
    My prayers with His peace sustain you.

    September 6, 2017
  6. Gail Walker #

    I never knew Vanessa but am fortunate to know the love that radiates through you and your family, so in many ways I feel I did. Surely your undying faith sustained you. It is miraculous through unbearable heartache, God holds our hands even tighter. It is such a blessing your family held on to His strength and can share it with others. Thank you.

    October 19, 2017
  7. Have Read this story again and continued to believe the good lord has worked and walked along then the affected families.
    True to His word in James 1 v3 we are to consider it pure joy.
    Apart from the mother Nature storms we have the day in storms we face.In all this He provides way to keep us going .like a) sickness b)family upheavals. In such kind of storms How we pray that the lord who calms the sea shall do the same in His name .

    August 30, 2018

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