February 13, 2009

hope & sadness

My friend Chuck Walker would give you his car if you asked. Really.
He'd drop anything if you asked him and help.
His glass his half full and he doesn't see how life is viewed any other way.
I love him dearly.

Kristi was young, beautiful & would speak her mind at any moment when we first met her at Baylor. Chuck knew right away that this woman would be his wife. She was strong and became an amazing wife and mother.

Kristi passed away this morning, after battling cancer with more courage and strength than i'll ever have.
She is survived by Chuck and three amazing boys - Cade, Mason & Zane.

We are deeply sad. I'm not good and voicing all that wells up in these times. I'm praying for Chuck and the boys today.

Kristi believed with her whole heart in the gospel of Christ, the hope and grace that is the Christian faith. God was real and life changing to her. We join the family in mourning her loss and also celebrating her new life in heaven.
A life that knows no cancer, no pain, no sorrow.

Please pray for the Walker's.
I'll be traveling with friends to North Carolina next week to honor her life and family.

I know many of you have recently experienced great loss in your lives.
I return the prayers for you and together we find hope that this place is not home.

As we've prayed for Kristi over the last several months, I was working on rewriting an old hymn, one whose lyrics have been intertwined in my heart as I've longed for healing and comfort for the Walker's.

O Love that will not let me go
I rest my weary soul in thee
I give you back the life i owe
that in your ocean depths its flow
my richer fuller be

O light that that follows all my way
I yield my flickering torch to thee
my heart restores its borrowed ray
than in your sunshine's blaze its day
may brighter fairer be

Rejoice my heart rejoice my soul My saviour God has come to thee Rejoice my heart You've been made whole by a love that will not let me go
O joy that seeks me through the pain
I cannot close my heart to thee
I trace the rainbow through the rain
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be

O cross that lifts and holds my head
i dare not ask to fly from thee
I lay in dust life's glory dead
and from the ground there blossoms red
life that shall endless be

Rejoice my heart
rejoice my soul
My saviour God has come to thee
Rejoice my heart
You've been made whole
by a love that will not let me go


Mainline Mom said...

Robbie, I'm so sorry about your friend Kristi, and will be praying for her. Thank you so much for your concert at our church last night, I was completely blessed by yours and Steve Fee's music. And because I am a young mother, your words about Kristi touched me deeply. Thanks for sharing.

Lesley Boyd said...

Please let Charlie know that so many are lifting he and his children up in prayer. He will always be "Charlie" to the Waco crew:) I am so thankful you will be with him next week, and I will pray for safe travel for all.
Lesley McAnelly Boyd

kelly said...

So, so, sad. My heart hurts for them.

Robbie, the hymn is beautiful. Very touching to me at this time in my life.

Thanks for being love, even in the face of craziness...


Janyth Lemon said...

My name is Janyth and I didn't know Kristi,but to lose any of God's children is always sad.I know what it is to lose someone so my prayers are with her husband and her children.Also with her parents and other family.

lemondrop3234 said...

My name is Janyth an I didn't know Kristi,but to lose one of GOD'S children is always sad but especially when they are young,married and have young children.We know that she is in GOD'S hand now and there is no pain.I will pray for her family and friends that they will find solace .

Ashleigh said...

Robbie, I knew Kristi. And know Chuck as well. I live in NC and go to church with them. I was at the service on Tuesday and was deeply touched. You have a new listener now. Thanks for leading such a beautiful celebration of Kristi.

Meredith Mills Bernard said...

I was a classmate of Kristi's growing up and played ball with her. Unfortunately I had lost touch with her after high school, but she impacted my life none the less. I was in attendance Tuesday night and deeply touched by your music. I was already a fan of yours through K-Love, but now even more so. Thank you for what you are doing for Him. I'll be praying for Chuck, the boys and Kristi's family and you, as well. In His Love, Meredith Mills Bernard

C.J. Bergmen said...

Robbie, what a difficult loss for them, and a difficult thing to share. It is encouraging to see you so connected and using your voice to bring some light and some hope to the situation. I will be praying for those boys