A couple of days ago there was a terrible train crash in SoCal. Erica got a text early this morning from Kelly Loftis (formerly Kelly Fuller), a friend who I sang in Won By One with. She said that her dad was on the train and they haven't heard from him. Not more than a couple of hours later we got calls from other Pepperdine friends (Nic Bryson and John Calhoun) informing us that Kelly's dad (Walt Fuller) had passed in the accident. Things like this usually cause huge reactions from people. The questions come flooding into our minds, "Why, God, Why..." we yell with confusion, frustration and heartbreak. But as I read through Kelly's facebook wall and see all the people rallying around their family...supporting them in prayer and probably in many other ways, I must stop and praise God for his work. Kelly's dad knew the Lord...he's eternally fantastic. But we're left here with the grief. This is Kelly's latest Facebook status "Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise. When the darkness closes in, Lord, still I will say 'Blessed be the name of the Lord'." Lyrics to a song sung in God's community around the globe. They now ring more true than ever for Kelly and she will be a light to this world through the tragedy. I pray for her family...her brother, sister and mom to be able to sing that song confidently in due time. God please heal our broken hearts and our land.
So what can you do? You can put Kelly's family on your prayer list. You can add her as a facebook friend and tell her you care. You can embrace your loved ones around you, because you never know. You can spread the gospel to people who need to hear it because you never know. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus to the hurting and broken. You can love the people around you. Don't waste one minute. Because you never know.
Jesus is going to use this deeply saddening event to move people and further His Kingdom.