There are many circumstances in our lives that are brought about by things outside our control. When they are good, we rejoice, and should be thankful.
But then there are things that are so terrible, they threaten to overwhelm us with pain. Our world seems to change in a flash to a great abyss. It is in these times that we see the grace of God to strengthen us by His Spirit and bringing people around us to help us persevere.
When these circumstances have no hope of changing—like the death of a friend or family member, we are in a continual state of dependence. We will always be confronted with pain that we cannot heal. Only God can heal, only His love can overcome the loss and bring us comfort and hope. Praise be to God!