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Finding purpose through pain

In October 2022, Aaron Strong, pastor at Grace, Milwaukee, Wis., was killed in a car accident. Here, his daughter, Hannah, and his brother Jason share the comfort we all have through God’s gospel promises.

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Strong wrote this letter to a fellow student at Wisconsin Lutheran High School (Wisco), Milwaukee, Wis., after that student’s brother was killed in a car accident.

My name is Hannah Strong. I know you don’t know me, but I’m also a freshman at Wisco. I heard about the accident this morning, and I am beyond sorry for your loss. Not too long ago, I had almost the same experience. Four weeks ago, my dad was killed in a car crash. That was by far the worst day of my life. I’m still grieving. It all still hurts so much. Fortunately, I have some really amazing friends and family who have been helping me through it.

You are probably wondering why I told you all this. I know that our situations are different. I don’t know what your life is like or what else you are going through. However, I do know exactly how it feels to have someone you love taken away from you so abruptly. After my dad passed away, I felt like the world was crumbling around me. I spent countless nights crying. I still do. I find myself asking the same question way more than I should, “Why did God take away my dad?”

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