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It was beautiful. There a few rows ahead of me during Lordâ€™s Day worship sat a father with his children. As the congregation sang, this father sang over, with, and to one of his daughters who was bound to a wheelchair. The father delighted in this and, from the smile on her face, she knew how much her earthly father loved her. This was one of the most poignant moments Iâ€™ve experienced in corporate worship.
This beautiful young woman died yesterday. Shannon Macfarlane Sproul, daughter of Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. and granddaughter of Dr. R.C. Sproul, was fifteen years old. She was born with a condition called Lissencephaly, a condition that left her profoundly disabled. She was a blessing to all who knew her. In fact, a few years ago, Joni Eareckson Tada produced a short TV program that showed how Shannon and her family handled disability in light of the sovereignty of God. Shannon now has not only the...
These are the times when the Holy Spirit alone can utter the words of deepest prayers which are offered to our Father on behalf of the Sproul family. How thankful I am to God for the profound faith and testimony of this family in times of such heartache for I'm convinced even in the valleys they live what they profess...... to God be the glory. With deepest sympathy ~~~ yet glorious assurance knowing that God is with this wonderful family.
We are praying for RC Jr. and his family. You are loved and respected by many people, many of whom you don't know. To God be the Glory for His perfect will and perfect peace. As the parents of a special needs young adult child, we understand.
I pray that the God of all comfort will come alonside those who are mourning and give them joy and hope in the midst of the terrible suffering they must be experiencing. In Jesus' name and for His sake and glory, I pray, amen.