An Evening of Hope, Revisited

We had a great night at Harvest with Steven Curtis Chapman.

Steven performed songs from his amazing CD Beauty Will Rise, which was written in the aftermath of his little girl Maria going to heaven. I shared a message based on the words of Jesus, as He reminded us to not let our hearts be troubled.

Many of us have troubled hearts. Some of us have broken ones, as well. Things did not turn out the way we thought they would.

We imagined our lives would be happy, tidy, and safe. But then tragedy hit, or pain arrived unannounced at your front door. Like an unwanted visitor, it won’t go away.

Who are you, God?

In his song “Questions,” Steven sings:

Who are You, God?

Cause you are turning out to be so much different than I imagined.

And where are You, God?

Cause I am finding life to be so much harder than I had planned . . .

You know that I believe in You

But still I have these questions.

Is He safe?

Many of us have those questions about life as well.

In his book The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, C.S.Lewis writes about a conversation between Little Lucy and Mrs. Beaver.

Lucy is very nervous about meeting Aslan, the Great Lion, and her sister Susan asks, “Is he–quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion!”

Mrs. Beaver replies, “That you will, dearie, and make no mistake, if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

Lucy says, “Then he isn’t safe?”

Mrs. Beaver responds, “Safe? Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course, he isn’t safe.  But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

That’s right, God is good. The Bible reminds us to give thanks unto the Lord for He is good!

Jesus tells us “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1) and then gives us three important truths that will bring calm to our stormy hearts.

To see this message and hear Steven Curtis Chapman sing, click here. And don’t miss the conversation that he and I had about grief.

3 thoughts on “An Evening of Hope, Revisited”

  1. Marie says:

    God works all things for good for those who love him. I don’t think he meant that He would make everything good for all those who love Him. It hasn’t worked that way for me either. His perspective of what is right to take place comes from a perspective so different from ours and one we will only know when we are with Him. I know the grief of losing someone who is a part of you. You will never stop missing them. How can we not always miss someone who meant so much to us. We will not know the whys until God tells us. He wants us to trust Him. Place your trust in Him, ask for His mercy, for His comfort, for His love. Pray with those who have gone before as if they were here. They may hear us too-who knows for sure. I sometimes yell out loud to the ones I love who are gone that I love them and I miss them. It may sound funny but it feels good! I’ll start-TOPHER, MARIA – YOU FAMILIES LOVE YOU AND THEY MISS YOU SOOO MUCH! Come Holy Spirit, fill the void with you love, please.

  2. Tanya says:

    What an amazing night with Steven Curtis Chapman and yourself. I feel so blessed that I was able to be a part of it. I had purchased his CD a few days before and had the privilege to hear it in its entirety. Like you said, it is like nothing we have heard before. What an inspiration you both are to hurting hearts. God Bless you!

  3. Penny says:

    Hi Pastor Greg,
    I ‘ve been thinking about how you and Steven Chapman both lost your children last year and the hope you have of seeing them in heaven and the unsurpassing peace you both have. Then I think about a high profile celebrity like John Travolta who lost his son earlier this year and the desolation he seems to be feeling. What if you were to phone him up and invite him for coffee and tell him how you are coping with your grieving heart and maybe help him to know the peace that only God can give? I think you are someone he may listen to … just a thought.
    Love your messages about the end times – I am excited for our Lord’s return:)
    God bless you and your wonderful family and thanks for being such a wonderful pastor!

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