Thursday, May 22, 2008

Prayer Need

I awoke this morning to a quiet house. At the point I'm typing this, Chad and I are the only ones moving around. This is quite unusual in our home.

A few minutes ago I finished up my time in the Word, grabbed some coffee and flipped on the news. The first thing I heard was "Christian music giant Steven Curtis Chapman and his family"...well that got my attention. It's not often that Christian music artists are in mainstream news.

I'm sure most everyone has heard that his five year old daughter (one of the girls they adopted from China) was hit by an SUV in their driveway yesterday. She is with Jesus this morning.

My heart immediately broke for them. This is the verse that I thought of, I had just read it Psalm 22:19 (NLT) "Oh Lord, do not stray away! You are my strength; come quickly to my aid!"

God has known from the beginning of time that yesterday was going to happen. It wasn't a surprise to Him. In one way that is comforting to me, but at the same time my heart is so heavy.

Who hasn't been blessed and encouraged my Steven Curtis Chapman's music? I know I have. Who hasn't been inspired by them in the last few years as they have financially helped families who are called to adopt, bring those children home? Our family has.

So today we stand in the gap for the Chapman's. We pray that they are wrapped in the peace that only comes from God. We pray that even in this tragic, horrible accident that they would see God's hand. But friends I think this morning, we get real practical. We pray that God would give them strength to put their feet on the floor. We ask that God would put inspired words into that mommy and daddy's mouth. They have other children that are going to need their parents this morning, and I imagine that they are exhausted. So we pray that God would hold them up and give them the strength they need.

And remember, that when we grieve we do not grieve as those who have no hope.


Fran said...

I put this up on my blog this morning too Steph. My heart breaks. But, my heart is also comforted.

Much love,

Cheri said...


Angela @ Refresh My Soul Blog said...

Yes I heard-it has saddened my heart as well. Thanks for posting about it. They do deeply need our prayers.
Much love,

Tamara said...

I think your ideas for praying practically on their behalf are wonderful. I linked to your post on my blog.

jenmom said...

I am praying for the Chapman's with you Steph. I have printed out the words to "Cinderella" to put in my prayer/devotional journal. His ministry has been special to me. My husband sang "I Will be Here" to me at our wedding!
And, I LOVE your new look.

Meg said...

So sad...I am praying along with you.