There comes a point in all our lives when words fail us. How do you describe the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history? How does one comfort those who’ve lost loved ones in Las Vegas? What do you do when the hearts of others, or maybe even your own, feel numb with grief?

When sadness and tragedy assail, it is good and right to mourn. But we must not lose hope!

Yes, we know we live in a world ripe with trouble. Christ even promised it would come: “…In the world you will have tribulation…” (John 16:33).

But He didn’t stop there, He gave us an encouraging reminder, “…Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (16:33).

Our Lord offers healing for the brokenhearted (Psalm 147:3) and promises comfort for those who mourn (Matt. 5:4).

Sorrow may fill our souls, but with all our strength we remember the love of our victorious God, the conqueror of the grave:

“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1 Cor. 15:54).

When tragedy strikes, there is only one thing that makes sense and only one thing that makes a true difference—the hope of Christ.