Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pray for my friend, Chris Starr - Whose baby died by his mistake

I went to college and worked at camp with Chris Starr. Chris is an associate pastor of a church in York, PA and on Sunday his world was tipped upside down. After church he accidentally left his 15 month old girl in the car while he brought groceries into the house. Cassie was quietly sleeping and Chris forgot to get her until 3 hours later. The temp in the minivan was around 130 and they found the girl dead (heat stroke).

You can read the story here and a follow up article about the response of people reacting to this tragedy.

Reading the comments in this second article is very saddening. It is very easy to stand back and critically attack people when you are far from the situation. I know Chris, a godly and responsible man (he was an R. A.) and the pain must be unbelievable. Please pray for Chris, his wife (Jenny) and their 3 other kids.

This is a time to reserve judgment and show love, mercy and compassion.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.


Katie said...

This leaves me with no words and unspeakable sadness and will pray much.

MainelyKids said...

I think Katie said it best...I have no words and I pray for their strength...the sadness is blinding..

Jason James said...

We are praying earnestly for the family.

Rosemusic said...

This will sound harsh, but God could've kept Cassie alive, either with a cold front or simply reminding Chris. "All things work together for good..." We should remember that Cassie will never know the feeling of being hated or mocked. She will never have a broken heart or be rejected. She only knows now the complete and perfect love of our Saviour. Perhaps some of us still have our child because of the new awareness created by Cassie's death. I cannot imagine the pain of Chris and Jenny, but I pray their marriage is made stronger and their grief is comforted.