Thursday, May 22, 2008

"Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn."

Romans 12:15

I'd rather be doing the first part of that verse, but it seems like there has been a lot of tragedy lately. First the cyclone in Myanmar, then all the tornadoes in Georgia and the midwest, a massive earthquake in China. Each one has been hitting me a little harder, a little more personally. The other night we saw on a BBC newsreel this story about a collapsed school and all the children who were lost - children who were most likely their parents' only child. A whole generation lost.

Now today I heard that the youngest daughter of my favorite Christian recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, was killed last night when her older brother accidentally hit her with the car while going down their driveway.

I believe that God has good plans for His children. I also believe that we messed things up in the Garden and now sin takes its course and the devil has his way sometimes. I believe Romans 8:28, "and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him." I love God, but I can't see that good yet. All I see is that this world really sucks sometimes.


bob said...

Just so sad. I went to SCC's website and they have up a memorial to Maria, and have, because of traffic, taken down all other pages. I saw the comments and condolences, which were up to 8551, with more coming in every minute. I think what's most amazing is to see the outpouring of love and prayers for someone who has affected so many lives... what an amazing testament to the lives he and his family have touched.

B said...

Tragic. And I'm not a mother. I can't even imagine how it affects people like you who have children of their own. I think we had a conversation on this theme a couple months ago. Sometimes it's really hard to see God when you're trying to resuscitate little ones like that. Those are the days where my job really sucks.

MLE said...

Yeah, I listened to his song "Cinderella" again, and cried just thinking how true that song is as now one of those little girls is gone. I can't even imagine the mix of emotions in her brother at this time. The kids at school (and adults) have all been praying for their family -- my homeroom brough it up again today during devotions.

KTP said...

I feel like this all the time. It's why I struggle with becoming more a part of my church again. I still feel like I am keeping God at arm's length. I can't even pay attention to news, but despite that, it filters in anyway.