Many years ago, in response to the tragic loss of a friend's young daughter, Steven Curtis Chapman wrote the song, "With Hope". The family actually had a recording of their little girl singing "Jesus Loves Me" and he used part of that for the beginning of his song. Every time I hear it, my eyes fill with tears even as my heart resonates with the truth of God's hope the words proclaim.
Most of you probably already know this, but Steven and his wife, Mary Beth, lost their youngest daughter, Maria, a little over a year ago to a tragic accident. As God promised He would do, He has faithfully carried them thus far and is bringing beauty out of the ashes of loss and grief. Part of the healing has come with the recent opening of Maria's Big House of Hope in Luoyang, China for special needs orphans. I have followed their orphan ministry for years and wanted to give you an opportunity to see for yourselves the amazing work God is doing through His people on behalf of those who can't speak for themselves. Take some time to view the site and should you be interested, there's a link where you can find out how to become a sponsor and join in this amazing work.
Life often doesn't turn out the way we planned and all of us at some point will face trials and heartache. While I'm sure he never dreamed the words would be prophetic for his own family, the truth in Steven Curtis Chapman's song, "With Hope"", can be an anchor for us wherever we might find ourselves today.