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All Is Well
You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive me again. PSALM 71:20
One tombstone bore the names of an entire family. Judging from the dates, it seemed the mother had died three weeks after giving birth. The child’s name, John, also appeared, having died before he turned one. Lastly came the father’s name, indicating he had lived not much more than a year after his son’s death. Etched beneath their names—in letters we could barely make out—was this simple perspective: “We cannot, Lord, Thy purpose see, but all is well that’s done by Thee.” Here was a little family that didn’t last long but had apparently responded to some tough circumstances with a resilient faith in God. They trusted that God knew what He was doing. And whenever my friends and family face problems today, I often tell them about that little Cornish hillside, where God reminded me that because He is good, “all is well.”