Tuesday, June 30, 2009

When a Church Is at Its Best

For those in our Chapin family, we all are stricken with grief this week over the tragic automobile accident that took two young lives from us. For those outside our CBC family who read my blog--Craig and Crystal Hewitt, a beautiful young couple in our church, model husband-wife, model mom-dad, are grieving the loss of their two precious children--Parker (5) and Haley (3), both killed instantly on Monday morning.

I've been in Augusta most of the week ministering to the family. Not a one of us can imagine the pain they must be going through. I've always had a high respect and fond love for Craig and Crystal. But I'm telling you this week has increased that love and respect a thousand-fold. Only God could be giving Craig the strength and level-headedness he is displaying as he makes decisions while caring for his wife who is still hospitalized and will be having spinal surgery on Wednesday morning.

Crises always bring out the best in us. Not that we ever want to face tragedy. But I'm telling you that the people of Chapin Baptist Church are shining brightly during this tragedy. I am very proud of our church family. I'm very proud of our church staff. The road of healing for the Hewitts will be long and hard. But I am confident they will make it because of their faith, because of their family bonds, and because of their spiritual family at Chapin Baptist.

Funeral arrangements are still pending. But most likely we are looking at early next week to conduct services at our church. Debbie is doing a great job keeping us informed via email. Pray. Pray. Pray.

One lesson I think we all learn in tragedy--we are shocked into reality of the things that matter most in life and the things that really don't matter much at all.

Pray for me. This has to be one of the toughest assignments in all my years of ministry. But I know my assignment pales in comparison to the assignment God has given Craig and Crystal. Cover them with your prayers.

I love you!

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Craig Hewitt said...


You are such an awesome pastor. Crystal and I, as well as Parker and Haley, love you very much. You have always been there for us when ever we needed you. Please continue to pray for our family. You can never have enough prayers.
As for our church family, words cannot describe what amazing support you have been for us. Crystal and I are gonna need you even more in the coming months. Please pray that God will give us the strength to make it through this tradegy.

~ Craig, Crystal, Parker & Haley Hewitt

Anonymous said...

May Go bless this family and may he be with them through this difficult time. I just keep remembering that it is "His way" and it is not up to us as motals...everything happens for a reason. It's God's way. Parker and Haley will live forever in his gracious kingdom.

Crystal and Craig you will see them again someday.

Just always remember it's his way...

Anonymous said...

My heart aches for this precious family and my prayers are with them daily. I know God's way is always the right way and we should trust in him. I can only hope that their faith, church and the community will surround them with love and help them through this difficult time. I am a mother of three little ones and an active member at Chapin Methodist. My family, friends and church are praying that their hearts will be filled with God's love even during this tragic time.

Amanda said...

Thank you for posting about them. I have been checking your blog to see if you have any word on them. I am so glad that they have a pastor such as you to minister to them during this time.

I will be praying for you also, as your road is heavy as well.