Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 27

Today is the third anniversary of Emily's death. We are still so thankful to God for His grace to us in many, many ways. We miss Emily, but we know that we will see her again.

I never cease to be amazed at the people who tell us that they've been praying for us and have been thinking about Emily. As I've said many times, all of this is humbling.

So, dear readers, thank you for your prayers. We are doing well, by God's grace. We will keep on talking about Emily's legacy in our lives until we do see her again.


Cindy Marsch said...

Stauffers, since the date is my birthday, I will have reason to remember for the rest of my life, too. I thought about you just last week, as the day approached. May the Lord continue to minister in spite of and through your pain.

Teri F. said...

I won't forget. I have been thinking about you and Jaunita and your kids as another year passes us. God bless you and bless you with a great measure of faith and comfort.

Anonymous said...

Terry & Family. I am so very sorry, I usualy try to post something on the anniversary of Emily's death. But with the loss of Jeff this year, it has slipped my mind. Just realized now, that our families will for ever share this anniversary, in more ways than one. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. I think of Emily often, and wonder how you are all doing.
Take care of yourselves, and God bless you.

Mike Owens said...

I heard you on Todd Friel's radio show (Wretched Radio) 2 years ago. That was three years after our son, Colson, was killed in a tornado at the age of 14.

Some of the things you said - which Todd related and talked about afterwards, really had a profound effect on me. Thank you for your faithfulness and openness.

Todd made the comment, "God killed your daughter." Not merely allowing it - but He killed her.

In my mind, for the first time, I said, "God killed Colson." Then it got deep into my soul and my heart.

As I had agreed with my Christian friends and the Baptist preacher - "God allowed that tornado."

But this word, "allowed" seemed to leave room for the idea that God was a little surprised when the tornado brewed up. BUT God sort of went along with it's due course.

How sad is the counsel that makes our sovereign and loving God seem to be merely allowing stuff to happen.

What a beautiful thing it is to know that He planned our children's lives (and deaths) before creation.


The past two years have been awesome as God has revealed His amazing sovereignty to me (and interestingly many of my friends similtaneously). The deeper I see this teaching and correct theology, it effects my heart and 24 hour thinking.

I wanted you to know that it was that conversation you had with Todd that helped crack the shell around my heart - to see and comprehend this - and the many beautiful facets of reformed theology.

Thank You Brother,
Mike Owens (in North Texas)

PS - We have a website about Colson, the tornado, and some of his art. (Some of the website still has vestiges of my former "decisional regeneration" concepts and a shortage of my love for God's Sovereignty - - - This will be corrected soon.) ColsonOwens.com

Anonymous said...

hallelujah brother mike..preach it...its as if God himself were in that tornado taking your son from you...He knows what is best...sorry the lords prayer doesnt quite get it right by asking us to pray that gods will would be done on earth...because we all know there is no other will..his will is always done on earth...