During the night of August 28, 1826, there came one of the most violent and destructive rainstorms ever known in the White Mountains.
Two days after the storm, anxious friends and relatives came to the valley to learn the fate of the Willey family. They found the house unharmed, but the surrounding fields were covered with debris due to a terrible landslide. The house had escaped damage because the ledge of rock above the house divided the major landslide into two streams. Mr. and Mrs. Willey, two children, and two hired men were found nearby, crushed in the wreckage of the slide. Three children were never found. Apparently, when the Willey family heard the rumbling sound of a landslide, they had left their home behind in search of a more secure haven.
Safe haven is found in Christ. “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus … (Romans 8:1). God loves us so much that He gave His Son to pay the price for our sins by dying on the cross. “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7). All human efforts to shelter ourselves from the penalty of SIN are futile! In order to be saved from our sins, we must seek NO other refuge than that which God has provided, placing our trust in the Rock (Jesus Christ) that stood in sin’s destructive path in our stead, thereby providing salvation for us. The storm is coming, but safe haven is nearby. Come and learn of the Rock that shelters us from the storm.
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