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.
...to 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."