Last night around ten Matthew and I received a phone call regarding the death of Steven Curtis Chapman’s youngest daughter in a tragic accident. We both were immediately silent and didn’t know how to respond except to pray for them.

Steven is a friend of Children’s Hope Chest and a true advocate for orphans and adoption. His family has personally adopted three girls from China.

Why? Why would God allow this family who has such a voice for the orphan to go through such a tragedy?

It is at times like this that I struggle with my faith in God. When I hear of senseless deaths or abuses or things that just don’t make sense, I wonder if someone is really in control of this world. My brain knows the right answers but my heart hurts and longs for a day when all is well.

I keep going back to the hymn by Horatio written after all four of his daughters were killed when their ship collided with another ship. Spafford’s wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone.”

It is Well with My Soul

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

It is well, with my soul,
It is well, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

My pray today is to let it be well with the souls of the Chapmans. May God sustain them in this time of enormous grief. May the ONLY TRUE COMFORT we have in this world show Himself to be so real to them today.

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