To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common--this is my symphony.
~William Henry Channing

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Not A Spirit of Fear

For many of us the worst we suffer is having a car break down, or a job loss...or_________ (you fill in the blank.) For some, tragedy is felt in the illness and/or death of a loved one. Bad things happen in our world and odds are what you consider "suffering" at this moment can and will be eclipsed in the future by another, deeper suffering.
A few nights ago Steven Curtis Chapman and his family were interviewed by Larry King about the loss of their daughter in a horrific accident a few months ago. When asked whether they are or have gotten angry, SCC's response was yes, but not at God. His anger is directed toward the enemy of God who seeks to kill and destroy. He tackles the issue of why God let this happen by remembering that all things belong to God. You can watch the interview by going here and following the links. You can also watch a short clip here to see Larry King's response to the faith displayed by the Chapman family.
Shortly after loosing his daughter Steven added a new verse to a recent song of his:
I’ve walked the valley of death’s shadow
So deep and dark that I could barely breathe
I’ve had to let go of more than I could bear
And questioned everything that I believe
But still even herein this great darkness
A comfort and hope come breaking through
As I can say in life or death
God we belong to you.

No matter what suffering comes our matter what fear we have that looms large in our children of the risen LORD we can say "God we belong to you" and trust that there is safety there.