Chris Larson of Ligonier Ministries just wrote an eloquent tribute for Shannon Macfarlane Sproul, the granddaughter of beloved theologian R. C. Sproul. I don’t know the Sproul family personally, but I do know that the Sproul family has been through a great deal this last year.
In a world that increasingly chooses not to love “inconvenient” babies, R. C. Sproul Jr. and his wife clearly choose the opposite. Here’s what Larson said:
It was beautiful. There a few rows ahead of me during Lord’s Day worship sat a father with his children. As the congregation sang, this father sang over, with, and to one of his daughters who was bound to a wheelchair. The father delighted in this and, from the smile on her face, she knew how much her earthly father loved her. This was one of the most poignant moments I’ve experienced in corporate worship.
This beautiful young woman died yesterday. Shannon Macfarlane Sproul, daughter of Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. and granddaughter of Dr. R.C. Sproul, was fifteen years old. She was born with a condition called Lissencephaly, a condition that left her profoundly disabled. She was a blessing to all who knew her. In fact, a few years ago, Joni Eareckson Tada produced a short TV program that showed how Shannon and her family handled disability in light of the sovereignty of God. Shannon now has not only the memory of her earthly father singing over her, but in a way that we cannot fathom, has the joy of having her Heavenly Father sing over her (Zeph. 3:17).
Read the whole thing, and please pray for the Sprouls.
We may not know one another on earth, but we will know one another in the life to come. There every sickness, every tear, will be no more, and children of all tribes and tongues and earthly trials will come fully alive in Christ.