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It's never been an easy thing for me to share my faith, so a big thanks to someone special for sharing their intensity, their light with me.

I've only ever allowed one person to look at my music collection in it's entirety.  Had you been allowed that rare glimpse, you'd be struck at how varied and eclectic my tastes are.  But since being a teenager, the one artist that has always stuck out was Steven Curtis Chapman.  Being my favorite amongst artist like Styx, Default, Beastie Boys, Crystal Method, Josh Groban, PM Dawn, and even Kelly Clarkson (yeah I've already gotten teased b4) isn't an easy task.

I suppose the reason is because he is so down to earth.  He's not an artsy guy.  He's the guy you go to church with, the guy that you see driving his old Chevy truck down the dirt road.  He's the neighbor next door.  If you've ever listened to his songs, you would instantly know the man.  Who he is, what he is.

The most impressive thing I've noticed is his love for his wife.  No more evident than in his lyrics.  "I will be here for you" is one of the most popular, and my personal favorite "Carry you to Jesus".  What greater love for a spouse could be found?

So it was with great sadness when I heard the tragedy surrounding his daughter's passing a few months ago.  Recently the family shared their experience on Good Morning America (seen below).

I cannot imagine the grief and difficulty the Chapman parents faced.  Struggling with the loss of their daughter, while having to comfort and encourage their son.  It's unimaginable.  It's something that I think only Godly, Christ like parents could have endured, and endured with such grace.  Something I hope I could emulate in my own life.  Something I hope each of you could learn by their example.

So my thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Chapman family,

 

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Posted on Thursday, August 7, 2008 6:56 AM | Back to top


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I agree with you that what the Chapman family has gone through (and will always have to deal with) is terrible.

But...I have to strongly disagree with this statement:

"It's something that I think only Godly, Christ like parents could have endured, and endured with such grace."

Are you saying that Muslims or Jews or atheists wouldn't be able to endure this?

I give you one counter-example: Neil Peart. He lost his only daughter in 1997 and his wife died of cancer approx. a year later. He lost his entire family. It took a lot of time, but he eventually emerged from that, re-married, and continues to tour with Rush. And he is not a religious man.

If the Chapman family is using their faith to get through this, so be it - I'm not going to fault them or argue with them on that. But if I would ever lose my sons, I would hope that I would be able to find a way to endure it without leaning on faith.
Left by Jason Bock on Aug 07, 2008 10:15 AM

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First off I want to say thanks for being bold enough to comment.

The key phrase I want to stress is "endured with such grace". They could easily have chosen to not lean on their faith. But because they chose to, I firmly believe they were able to cope and endure admirably.

When it comes down to it, I believe that's why God has always given us a choice. Should we have faith in him, we can accomplish so much more. Then there's the whole afterlife thing as well ;)
Left by Randy Walker on Aug 07, 2008 11:28 PM

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I had forgotten to say, I was incorrect in the way I worded that statement, it should have read: "It's something that I think only Godly, Christ like parents could have endured with such grace."
Left by Randy Walker on Aug 07, 2008 11:34 PM

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Randy,

I still disagree with your statement even if it is modified. This definition:

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/grace

doesn't bind the term exclusively to any religion.

I may be picking nits, but when you say that ONLY for Christ-like families could endure such a tragedy with grace, it kind of burns me.

And the whole afterlife is something I don't believe in anyway, so we're at a divergent path at that point in the argument :).
Left by Jason Bock on Aug 11, 2008 10:10 AM

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Of course you know (at least I hope you do) that my intention isn't to get at you. But it is part of my religion to rely on faith and God's support.

Let's use your example of Neil Peart. If he had no support at all, and was alone in his grief, it would have taken him a long time to overcome it. Hopefully though, he had help of family and friends, which should have helped him overcome it more quickly. Now, even though you don't believe, with an almighty God, someone should be able to get through the tragedy extremely quick.

Your point is valid though, since you don't believe in an afterlife, we will never agree of the impact that God (or any religion) has on someone's emotional recovery.
Left by Randy Walker on Aug 14, 2008 2:53 AM

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