Like many of you, I’ve been deeply touched by the loss of the Chapman’s daughter Maria. Recently I found the House Mix, a blog where Steven’s manager is giving updates on how things are going for them.
Here are excerpts from his most recent entry:
Everyone wants to know… how are they doing? I understand the question. So many care so deeply, so many can’t imagine this loss. But the question is unanswerable, really.
I think Caleb did it best when he said at the visitation and at the funeral that the best term he can find is "confused." "We’re sad and happy. Together and Lonely…" and then he stopped, realizing you can’t describe confused, in his words, "it’s sorta the point of the word." So much wisdom in this young man.
And then in his own words:
I’ve been privileged to be with them each day of this horrible week… so how are they doing? It is unanswerable… but I’ll say this… I see them holding on to the Gospel better than you could imagine or hope for, just as you might think they would. Today, the room is quiet, the talk is somber… but occasionally you’ll see a smile. Once in awhile, you might even hear a light laugh. Hope never left, and hope is just starting to show itself again, in small ways. There is still profound sadness. There is still deep concern for some in the family and how they will chart their way out of these dark days. But, there is a Savior, they are sure of it, I hear them talking about it. Heaven is real. It’s real-er than ever to this close knit family. Sadness with hope.
A wedding cake picked out today, hope with sadness.
a little girl crying missing her sister, sadness with hope.
basketball practice and carpool and lasagna from friends for dinner.
The new normal is not much fun right now.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.