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May 22, 2008

Double Tragedy Strikes Steven Curtis Chapman’s Family

Last night Steven's 5-year-old daughter was struck and killed in their driveway by a car driven by her brother.

Our prayers are needed for Steven and his family at this sad time. You can read about it here.

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Sam

I just read this. What a terrible tragedy! My prayers definitely go out to the family, especially little Maria's brother.

Rolley Haggard

Deepest sincere, heartfelt sympathies to the Chapman family, and shared comfort that, thanks to Christ, we do not grieve as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13).

It is unavoidable at times like this to ponder the “why” questions. We would be remiss, I think, not to.

For reasons I trust are obvious I re-post a lament which was penned by one who, at the time of writing, had no inkling that perhaps “the sovereignty of God” does not necessarily mean that “for His own glory, He hath foreordained WHATSOEVER comes to pass*”, but rather that no matter what happens, He will bring good out of it.

It’s a perspective springing from awareness that Romans 8:28 does not say “God causes all things”, but that “God causes all things to work together for our good” – or to paraphrase, God does not foreordain WHATSOEVER comes to pass, but rather, regardless of what comes to pass, He brings good out of it.

Janet Oke, in “Love Comes Softly” put it this way: “The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen; it's His promise He'll be there with us when they do." That perspective is why it may be truly said, regardless of what happens, that,

“Christianity is a fairy tale…..come true.”

God cares -- more deeply than perhaps we have dared allow ourselves to believe.

In all our affliction, He is afflicted (Isaiah 63:9).

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“Fairy Tale”

Here, in the silence, just You and me and the truth unspoken.
Mend or destroy me: I cannot live with a heart so broken.
This isn’t how the story ought to end;
What happened to “lived happily forever after”?
O read to me the fairy tale again;
Please tell me that there’s more;
Don’t say this is the end;
O read to me the fairy tale again!

What is the measure, how deep the cup I must drink to serve You?
And where is the mercy I thought was their blessedness who love You?
This isn’t how the story ought to end;
What happened to “lived happily forever after”?
O read to me the fairy tale again;
Please tell me that there’s more;
Don’t say this is the end;
O read to me the fairy tale again!

This please consider: they say Your own cannot be forsaken
Yet my Cinderella, my Juliet, my Snow White is taken!
This isn’t how the story ought to end;
What happened to “lived happily forever after”?
O read to me the fairy tale again;
Please tell me that there’s more;
Don’t say this is the end;
O read to me the fairy tale again!

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Because of Him, even unspeakable tragedy is not the end; there is more; we do live happily ever after in bliss unimaginable -- with the very One who gave all to insure we would never have to endure such wrenching heartache again – The very One who would have caused our cup of horrific suffering to pass -- had it been possible. This is comfort indeed.

* Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 7, “What are the decrees of God?”

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