Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Steven Curtis Chapman family, one year later

A year ago, I blogged about a tragedy that had befallen the family of one of the most beloved Christian singers, Steven Curtis Chapman.

The Chapman's 5-year-old adopted daughter, Maria, had been killed after being accidentally hit by a vehicle driven by her older brother.

Chapman's wife Mary Beth writes movingly on the 1st anniversary of Maria's death. It's the anguished heart cry of a mother living without her baby and hurting for her son, but it's also a message infused with a quiet faith:

I told someone yesterday that I feel as though I'm not just walking through a desert right now....I'm actually wondering through it with no clear path in front of me....It is a very desperate place to be, and on lots of days, I'm strong on the outside but a mess on the inside....but I must hold on to the very real fact that Jesus has gone to prepare a place for me....that where He is I will also be! That is very, very good news...because my Maria is there....

Read the entire message here.

Congratulations... 23-year-old church worship leader from Conway, Arkansas, who won American Idol last night...Kris Allen!

In this article, Richard Rushfield of the Los Angeles Times ponders that Allen's upset win "gives America back its heart."


LauraLee Shaw said...

Thanks for this tribute. :D

Ailurophile said...

Thanks for this from me too. Good to see the family one year after that tragedy.

Like your blog :)

joydriven said...

Thanks, Cindy.
Here's my post, related to the first story.

Sherry said...


'm doing a Hymn Project this summer ---just because I want to. You can read more about it at this address on my blog:

But basically, I'm asking you to send me a list of your ten favorite hymns. List these hymns in your order of preference. So your #1 hymn would be the one you feel is the best, and so on. I will be giving your first choice 10 points, your second choice 9 points, and so on. Submit your list to me at sherryDOTearlyATgmailDOTcom. Write “Hymn Survey” in the subject line.

If you like, you can submit a justification for each hymn. Or you can send me a link to an audio or video version online. Include the name of the hymn’s author or lyricist and the composer of the melody you prefer if at all possible, especially if you think I might be unfamiliar with your particular hymn. At the beginning of June I will tally up the totals, and I will pull from the submitted pieces why one reader or another liked a particular hymn (naming the reader, of course). That way we’ll be able to hear from a whole bunch of people why they love one hymn or another. I will then count down from 100 to 1 on my blog over the course of the summer the top choices of what folks feel the best hymns of all time are.


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