During both of these types of times, we need to remember the truth - God is faithful. He always loves us and always does what He says He will do. This is faithfulness and I for one depend upon it, am ever so thankful for it and want my grandchildren/children to know and depend on as well. The Bible is full of true accounts of real people, just like us and how our very real God showed His love, grace and faithfulness to them. These accounts help us understand how He shows His love, grace and faithfulness to us as well; especially in the sad and difficult times where we have a hard time seeing the good.
When I think of God's faithfulness there are many people in the Bible who come to mind, but my favorite is Jehoshaphat. Yes, Jehoshaphat! In case you might be wondering who he was, or trying to remember where he fit in the Bible, look in 2 Chronicles 17, 19 & 20. David loved and worshiped God when he was king; when he died his son Solomon became king, but he allowed his many wives to lead him into idol worship. When Solomon died, the kingdom split and Judah was ruled by Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, who did not always follow God. But towards the end of his reign he humbled himself which pleased God. When Rehoboam died, his son Abijah become king and he followed God. Then his son Asa became king and 2 Chronicles 14 says he did what was good and right in God's eyes! God told Asa if he looked for Him, he would find Him. The Bible says Asa led the people in turning to God! Sadly in the final years of his life he did not seek God and died not being completely faithful to God.