A Loss Beyond Words

L to R Joshua, Michael, Monica, Caleb

L to R Joshua, Michael, Monica, Caleb

This past Friday, my family lost a family. Dear friends of our’s, who were also our church Youth Pastor family and my son’s mentors, were tragically killed in a car accident on their way to vacation. I was asked to be the media spokesman for the church which was a surreal experience. I did interviews with a dozen media outlets. All were very sensitive and the few stories that I have had a chance to see in print or on television were well handled. I was asked to write the official press statement for the church. It reads as follows:

The Rosebower Baptist Church family is stunned by the tragic loss of the Cruce family. Michael, Monica, Joshua, and Caleb were more than just our youth minister and family, they were vital links in our bond of love. They had been on our staff for ten years and had mentored, counseled, instructed and ministered to both our youth and the church body as a whole. While we are heartbroken with grief at this time, we cling to the words of Scripture with full faith that we need not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

 

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4 Responses to A Loss Beyond Words

  1. Annette says:

    Chris,
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    Annette

  2. MW says:

    Thank you Brother, for taking care of this, I can only imagine how hard it is to revisit this again and again every time the phone rings.

  3. Rudy says:

    Its hard at this time to come to words that would express your lost. May God bring us strength and hope for us and our love ones.

  4. Bree says:

    Beyond Words – there is JESUS.
    To people I have never seen and people I have never known, I bring my simple offering of compassion and condolances to the family of God. These are some words from a song that I wrote as a song leader in my church. It was a time of great sorrow and God made me to know that “we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmaties” (Hebrews 4) He weeps with us! Tears are a language God understands and for everything there is a time and season. This time of mourning has come to the family of God in Kentucky. God is there to weep with you and as brothers and sisters in Christ we weep with you also. As footprints in the sand, Jesus will carry you now.
    My Song : –
    I see you crying Lord,
    I see you cry
    Hot tears of Mercy
    that fall from the sky

    I see you crying Lord,
    and I wish it could end
    You are our Savior,
    Redeemer and Friend

    I know that you love us
    in all that You do,
    Soft spoken moments
    to carry us through

    Tears are the language
    that only You know,
    they heal us, restore us,
    and then let us go……

    Into your presence Lord,
    washing us clean
    drawing us near
    and nothing between

    So as you cry Lord,
    I surrender my all
    open my heart Lord
    and just let them fall

    I hear you crying Lord
    Jesus is here,
    in measureless love,
    He takes every tear
    To save for the Father
    until we are home
    Forever His children
    Forever His own

    May God, our Father, be with you all and give to you His perfect peace that passes all our understanding in our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus our Lord.

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