This video was posted today, on the blog of a man who has incredible faith. His wife has been suffering from a brain tumor since last March, and through their family blog, he has given updates on her condition. Kaci, his wife, had just given birth to their 3rd child, Jada, when she was told the tumor was cancerous. They have 2 other children, Tate and Mya, and have served God together in Albania as missionaries.
I have so appreciated Ryan’s (Kaci’s husband) willingness to share their journey, and to be so open with his thoughts and feelings. He has shown such incredible strength and faith in God. The last few posts of his have been some of the most painful to read, as doctors have given very little hope for recovery, and Kaci has been in much pain and has suffered from dementia for awhile now.
Watching this video today, I wondered how I would do if I were in Ryan’s shoes. Would I trust God like he has, or would I just crumble? Would I be strong enough to allow Him to use my life’s journey to encourage others? I pray that the answer would be yes, but I know it would only be through my God, who is faithful and promises to give His children strength.
Ryan asks often for our prayers, so if you feel led, please lift him up! You can leave a comment at their blog letting him know you have, or even just a word of encouragement.
It was interesting to see who wrote and sings the above song in the video. It is from Steven Curtis Chapman‘s latest CD “Beauty Will Rise.” He is a man who has also known great pain, and had his faith shaken, but not destroyed. Back in May of 2008, his 5-yr-old daughter, Maria, was hit by Chapman’s son, Will, after she ran into the path of his car in their driveway. This song (and entire album) speaks volumes about the amazing God we have. He is a God who people cling to in the midst of the unimaginable, and because of Him can find hope and joy again.
I personally am looking forward to reading “Choosing To See” a book written by Mary Beth Chapman, Steven’s wife.
I’ve told my kids for years that God doesn’t make mistakes,” writes Mary Beth Chapman, wife of Grammy award winning recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman. “Would I believe it now, when my whole world as I knew it came to an end?” Covering her courtship and marriage to Steven Curtis Chapman, struggles for emotional balance, and living with grief, Mary Beth’s story is our story–wondering where God is when the worst happens. In Choosing to SEE, she shows how she wrestles with God even as she has allowed him to write her story–both during times of happiness and those of tragedy. Readers will hear firsthand about the loss of her daughter, the struggle to heal, and the unexpected path God has placed her on. Even as difficult as life can be, Mary Beth Chapman Chooses to SEE. Includes a 16-page full color photo insert.