Thursday, May 22, 2008

Oh the grief

Lord Jesus, It is by faith that we watch to see you turn the Chapman family's mourning into dancing. Things like the loss of a precious little girl are just too much for me to take and so I just weep. I weep knowing that You call us to mourn with those who mourn and so today I feel the grief with this family who has done so much for me in my personal walk with You. Their lives and especially Steven's music has kept me on the path to You for so many years. They are people I look forward to spending eternity with. I celebrate that Maria has had a family here on this earth by Your great mercy who loved and adored her. I celebrate that they will be united again in Your very presence. You are gracious beyond all comprehension and I ask You to comfort Will in a way that only You can. I ask You to bind satan and his lies from the heart of this young man. Please protect him and do not let the evil one steal him away from the future You have planned for him. Jesus, may I take each moment that You give me to love those You have placed in my life. Thank You that You hold Maria in Your arms today and that she is Home. Oh sweet Jesus, the comfort that brings to this momma's heart. Thank You so much for the hope of Heaven. I pray that the enemy would have no power in this family as they grieve. I pray that they will hold together for Your glory and that the enemy will have nothing to taunt You with in this situation. Comfort Maria's momma and daddy like only You can. Thank You for Who You are and all You are doing even now on their behalf. Hold this family close Jesus and may they run to You with every ounce of their grief. Protect their hearts from bitterness and endless questions of "what if". Precious Lord, I love You and trust You with all those I hold dear. You are good. Always always and forever. amen.


Paula (SweetPea) said...

Hi. I found you through Angie. Just wanted to say hi and that you have a beautiful family. Your baby girls are absolutely GORGEOUS! I say just gorgeous! Wow!

Julie said...

Thank you for posting your prayer, Jackie. My own heart has been very heavy for the Chapman family today.

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

Thank you for sharing your prayer. I have been thinking of you today. We will be praying for the Chapman family as well.

Lindsey said...

My uncle is an elder at the church where the Chapmans go. He forwarded me the Obituary for Maria today. In it was stated...
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made to Shaohannah's Hope, Maria's Miracle Fund, P.O. Box 647, Franklin, TN or

Just thought you might want to know.

Lindsey Enlow

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's my Uncle Mark Enlow that is an elder at Stephen's church.

I connected to your blog through Brandi, aka connection to the blog world, and have enjoyed it for a while. I love hearing about the kids. Plus my parents like when I can pass along tidbits to them. :-)

Still don't like milk. LOL! I think it's connected to the trauma of someone making me drink it when I was younger.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jackie,

We were with Donna and Mark Enlow today at Jamey and Annette's. I mentioned that Matt had graduated and Donna's feeling pretty old!

The Enlow's went to Maria's funeral today and the Chapman's said they have moments of being in control and moments of being crazy with sorrow. God is holding them in the palm of His hand.

Dianna Mason

Emily was gorgeous today at graduation!

Anonymous said...

Here is some video from the memorial service...

My Uncle Mark forwarded it to me. He said it was a very emotional day! I can't even imagine.

Jessie's parents said...

Your prayer was absolutely beautiful and captures what is on so many of our hearts. We love the Chapman family and grieve with them over the loss of precious Maria, as well as the circumstances surrounding her death. We are praying continually for them.