Matthew West has a new album coming out October 5th called "The Story of Your Life" ... songs inspired by letters from people just like you. Today we catch up with Matthew and connect him with a woman whose story has touched Matthew (and thousands of others) and inspired a new song. Linda's story is below ...
The Reason For The World
matthew...you already know our story so well, but this tues, march 2, is the 1st anniversary of losing our precious ryan...the things that have transpired over this past year have been the most amazing things we have ever seen and more than ryan could have imagined...he prayed to be a light for God, to make a difference, to be famous and be able to share Gods love in a huge way...his prayer to NOT go through the motions put us all in a path that we never dreamed would happen...today we gathered at his grave and his granfather spoke and said "ryan has touched more lives in his death than he ever could have in his life"...so this was ryans legacy, and his prayer to reach others was answered...our family is incomplete until we are together again.....
Ryan McAfee was an amazing 18 year old kid from a small town in Oklahoma who loved his family, his friends, but most of all he loved God. Everywhere he went, he impacted the lives of those around him. Ryan was involved in car accident and his life came to a tragic end, leaving his family and friends holding broken hearts and unanswered prayers.
I was informed that my song, “The Motions” was played at Ryan’s memorial service, because it was one of his favorite songs, and he had posted the lyrics on his facebook page the day before he passed away. I reached out to this family when I heard this, and we have become good friends since. Ryan’s older brother even went on tour with me, speaking to audiences across the country about his brother’s life and death. To this day, Ryan’s life continues to touch many others.
But even as a family tries to pick up the pieces in the wake of such a tragedy, the questions don’t always go away so quickly. As a mother says goodbye to her son, in the deepest part of her heartbreak, she cannot find a good reason why this has happened. This is the reality of our limited view as humans. We cannot see the big picture, and we were never designed to. God is all knowing, the holder of tomorrow. The one who knows the reason why bad things happen to good people.
But the hope that we can hold on to in times of tragedy, the anchor for our souls when we are treading water in a sea of grief is this promise that He has “prepared a place” for us. This place called Heaven is a place where every tear will be wiped away, and every question answered. This is the promise that makes me long for home.