David Wilkerson who established the first Teen Challenge in NYC died on April 27th in a car accident. His book THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE is a worthwhile read today. This is what he wrote on his blog the morning of his departure from earth:
"To believe when all means fail is exceedingly pleasing to God and is most acceptable. Jesus said to them Thomas, 'You have believed because you have seen, but blessed are those that do believe and have not seen.' (John 20:29)....Blessed are those who believe when there is no evidence of an answer to prayer--who trust beyond hope WHEN ALL MEANS HAVE FAILED (caps mine). To those going through the valley and shadow of death, hear this word:
'Weeping will last through some dark, awful nights--and in the darkness you will hear the Father whisper, I am with you, I cannot tell you why right now, but one day it will all make sense. You will see it was all part of my plan. It was no accident. It was no failure on your part.'
Hold fast to your faith, stand fast in His Word. There is no other hope in this world."