Thursday, September 10, 2009

With Hope



This has been a tragic week for the Redeemer family. One of our families lost their 8-year-old son, Zach, in a car accident on Monday. It's been a week of tears and questions, anger and frustration. Deep grief and sorrow. I was at the funeral home tonight, looking at the precious photos and baby books... and then there's the coffin at the other end of the room. I was choking back tears - I can't imagine what Shaun and Christina are experiencing right now.

The memorial service is tomorrow at Redeemer. I pray that somehow the family will experience the powerful presence of Jesus with them in their grief and questions. That they will know and experience His tremendous love and compassion for them. I love what's on the back of tomorrow's bulletin:

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the life of Zachary. Although this is a tragic day, we sincerely believe that our God is faithful and loving, and that He can bring goodness and hope out of even the bleakest circumstances. It is our earnest prayer that Zachary’s passing will not have been in vain, that your being here will have brought you one step closer to the love of God that is expressed in Jesus Christ. Jesus truly is “the Way, the Truth and the Life” (John 14:6), and it is only through Him that our lives have any meaning at all.

Steven Curtis Chapman's song "With Hope" will be sung tomorrow. Listen to the song and check out these powerful words. (You can buy the CD here and download the track from iTunes here.)




With Hope
Steven Curtis Chapman
from the album "Speechless"

1 Thess. 4:13-14 / Heb. 6:9, 10:23

This is not at all how
We thought it was supposed to be
We had so many plans for you
We had so many dreams
And now you've gone away
And left us with the memories of your smile
And nothing we can say
And nothing we can do
Can take away the pain
The pain of losing you, but ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

And never have I known
Anything so hard to understand
And never have I questioned more
The wisdom of God's plan
But through the cloud of tears
I see the Father smile and say well done
And I imagine you
Where you wanted most to be
Seeing all your dreams come true
'Cause now you're home
And now you're free, and ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

We have this hope as an anchor
'Cause we believe that everything
God promised us is true, so ...

We can cry with hope
We can say goodbye with hope
'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no
And we can grieve with hope
'Cause we believe with hope
(There's a place by God's grace)
There's a place where we'll see your face again
We'll see your face again

We wait with hope
And we ache with hope
We hold on with hope
We let go with hope

A memorial blog has been created for Zach. Check it out here and please join me in praying for this precious family.

1 comment:

Allison said...

Hello Matt. This is Allison Greenup. We met at Community Covenant in Lenexa. It saddens me to read about Zach. I too lost a son at 11 months due to a tragic accident. My heart goes out to Zach's family, and the hurt that Redeemer is experiencing right now. God's peace to you all.

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