"What should I say to someone
who has lost a loved one through cancer?"
Be very careful not to give
the impression that God was punishing the person for
his sins. Instead, speak about the fact that all around
us we can see the evidence of a "fallen creation."
Explain how in the beginning there was no disease, pain,
suffering, or death. But when sin entered the world,
it brought suffering with it. Then gently turn the conversation
away from the person who died to the person who is still
living. Ask if he has been thinking about God, and if
he has kept the Ten Commandments. Then take the opportunity
to go through the spiritual nature of God’s Law.
Someone who has lost a loved one often begins to ask
soul-searching questions about God, death, and eternity.
Many people are so hardhearted that it takes a tragedy
to make them receptive to God.