Saturday, September 25, 2010

Matt Hammitt on Disappointment

Remember a few years ago when I first started my blog (if you've been reading that long...otherwise, you can always go back and check the archives)?  Friends of ours, Steph and Sal Gonzalez were patiently waiting the birth of their son, Jaden.  He was expected to be born with the congenital heart defect known as hypo-plastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).  Watching their experience through their blog (and occasionally in person) was quite an experience!  Recently I heard from our local radio station, Spirit 92.9, that the lead singer of Sanctus Real (Matt Hammitt) and his wife (Sarah) were expecting a baby boy with HLHS.  I have been following their blog ever since.  (Bowen's Heart)

Their blog is exceptional.  Matt wrote a post recently titled "Disappointment" and I wanted to share an excerpt.

Writing about being at  Family Life Weekend to Remember, Matt wrote:
One night in the middle of a seminar, the speaker looked at us with eyes that drew our attention and paused. He lifted his hand up over his head as though he was placing it on something tall and said, “These are your expectations.” He then lowered his hand below his waist and said, “This is reality…and everything in between is disappointment.”

This illustration has not only helped Sarah and I with unrealistic expectations of one another that used to cause conflict in our marriage, but is helping us day to day as we patiently wait and pray at Bowen’s bedside. Now, there’s nothing wrong with having faith, hoping for the best, or being optimistic, but we have to be careful not to live in constant disappointment with the reality in which God has placed us while we pray for great things to unfold. And great things ARE unfolding for every believer, whether we see it now or later.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”– Revelation 21:5
I certainly know that I struggle with disappointment at times.  We all do.  It is a balance.  May you be encouraged today by these thoughts!

This is a song that Matt wrote that I love (and he has had much to say about):

Since their experience with Bowen, Matt has been writing a special album of songs just for Bowen and their family. He has posted some of the songs on his blog. They are incredible! Here's a great one:

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