5.22.2008

The Chapman Family


I wasn't going to post again until after the wedding this weekend. However, I have to write about this. Many of you know of Steven Curtis Chapman. He is a wonderful Christian song writer and singer. My heart is so heavy and saddened by this... his youngest daughter, Maria, who was adopted from China, was killed in a tragic accident. You can read more about it here.
Steven's manager wrote this on a blog, " And yet we trust in a God who was not surprised by this and because of Jesus I am certain through faith in Him we will see Maria again."
I'm so thankful that I'm a Christian and I know that when this life is over, I will see my family and friends again someday in heaven. I'm also thankful that "the best is yet to come when you're a Christian." Quoted from my fabulous preacher, Ronnie Norman, in January 2002. (I still have the program from that Sunday)
Please remember the Chapman Family in your prayers.

3 comments:

Total Delights Handcrafted Jewelry said...

So sorry to hear of this I have something that you can give to them it is a wonderful little story that we recieved when my best friends daughter was killed in a car accident. The Water Bug

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy
colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, scurrying over the
soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in a while one of their
colony seemed to lose interest in going about with its friends. Clinging to the stem of a pond
lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more. "Look" said one of the water bugs to
another,"one of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think she is going?"
up,up,up it slowly went.... Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. It's
friends waited and waited but she never returned. "That's funny!" said one water bug to
another..."wasn't she happy here?' asked a second...."Where do you suppose she went?"
wondered a third....no one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled.....

Finally one of the water bugs gathered it's friends together. "I have an idea, how about the
next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk, promises that they will come back and tell us were
he or she went and why!" 'We promise they said solemnly.

One spring day not long after the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself
climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening he had
broken through the surface of the water and fallen into the broad and free lily pad above.

When he awoke, he looked about with surprise....

He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come over his body. His movement
revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled he felt an impulse to move his
wings.... The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from his new body. He moved his
wings again and suddenly found himself above the water. He had become a DRAGONFLY!
Swooping a dipping in great curves he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new
atmosphere.

By and by the new dragonfly landed happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced
to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why he was right above his old friends the water
bugs! there they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before. Then
the dragonfly remembered the promise. Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down.
Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he
could no longer go into the water...... "I can't return!" he said in dismay. "At least I tried, But I
can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back not one of the water bugs would know me in my
new body. I guess that I'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too.
Then they'll understand what has happened to me, and where I went," and the dragonfly
winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air......
Author Unknown

If you visit my website you will find this posted and also a bracelet that we make to remember. let me know if one of these could be helpful to anyone involved. We have been there and want to help others anyway we can.

Diane

Blogs by Danielle said...

I cannot stop thinking about this family.

I went to Stephen's blog and watched videos of him with the girls. My heart continued to break. It still does. I have no words. I am praying for this family.

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Thank you for reminding us the best is yet to come. The older I get the more I try to dwell on this. Thank you for boldly sharing your faith, Jill.

Blessings~
Lisa