Some Encouraging News for when you're hurting.

Sunday, July 28, 2013
I just read this story, and it reminded me how the things that hurt us can end up being our greatest messages in life. Whatever you're going through right now, know that you're not alone, and that it'll look different once you're through it.

Nearly four months after his son's suicide, popular pastor Rick Warren returned to the pulpit Saturday afternoon at the Southern California megachurch he founded.

Warren, dressed in his usual casual black T-shirt and jeans, took the stage at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. with wife, Kay Warren, and was greeted with a long standing ovation by the congregation.

It was the first time Warren had taken the pulpit at his church since his 27-year-old son Matthew shot and killed himself on April 5. 

In the sermon, first in a series called "How To Get Through What You're Going Through," Rick Warren said he had the perfect role model for his struggles. He said, "God knows what it's like to lose a son."   

Warren said Saturday that he intended to turn his grief into a message of service and hope.
"God wants to take your greatest sorrow and turn it into your life's greatest message," he said.