God Only Knows



“Just as miracles are, God sent, tragedies occur for reasons known only to God.” ~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~

In a world that’s plagued by illness, accidents and senseless violence there seems to be nothing left to say that can justify their cause or rationalize random violence’s cowardly actions.

I therefore pray that the bible passage below, coupled with the following parable can provide some small measure of solace to anyone suffering the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one due to an illness, tragic accident or violent act.

God Only Knows

Just as miracles are, God sent,

tragedies occur for reasons

known only to God.

Whether it is the gift of birth

or the loss of a life,

one cannot exist without the other.

The gift of life is just that.

The power of reason is the knowledge

there’s no guarantee.

So, enjoy what you’re given,

mourn what you’ve lost

finding comfort in, God only knows.

©2000 Richard Lawrence Belford

John 14:1–4: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”

I would also like to encourage everyone who reads this post to simply take a moment to either share or tweet its message in an effort that will help support those grieving a loss and its heart-wrenching affects, especially at this very difficult time of year.

About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer, a father of two daughters and the eldest of three sons who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He has been on a twenty-year creative journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort and hope to those in grief. His favorite parable is Footprints and just loves how its meaningful last line makes him feel no matter how many times he reads it.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall plaques beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper, have a UV protective laminate complete with a contemporary black beveled edge.

“God Only Knows” is available at: signsforyourlife.com or purchased wholesale in a variety of sizes by registering at: asignofwisdom.com.

A complete collection of these inspiring products can be viewed by visiting the following link to Richard’s website. www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.php

He has written “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” a bereavement book that includes beautifully illustrated artwork, inspiring quotes and a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation.  

A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those grieving the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Richard recently partnered with innovative book publisher GenZ who will be releasing “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” in the new year and genuinely hopes it will inspire all who read it to always try & say; I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.

His inspirational writings have also been beautifully illustrated on a series of wall plaques designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are available at: SignsForYourLife.com or purchased wholesale in a variety of sizes by registering at: asignofwisdom.com

A complete collection of these very inspiring wall decor products showcasing Richard’s writings can be viewed by visiting the following link: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca/product-gallery.php

Richard also hopes to license his inspirational parables to with a designer, manufacturer and international wholesale canvas wall décor distributor.

In the mean time, he invites you to follow him on Twitter @RichardLBelford, check out his Facebook Page at: www.facebook.com/RichardLawrenceBelford and connect with him on LinkedIn. He can be contacted at: info@richardlawrencebelford.ca or visit his website at: www.richardlawrencebelford.ca for further information.

                   “An Illustrated Inspirational Verse is like a Song for those who cannot Sing!™”

                                                               ~ Richard Lawrence Belford ~


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