I was very sad to hear of the loss of Rick & Kay Warren’s youngest son, Matthew (age 27). As the Warren’s shared in an email to the Saddleback staff that was also made public, Matthew took his own life and had been battling the mental illness of depression his entire life.
I love Rick and Kay and am deeply thankful for their ministry, model and faith. Pastor Rick has been a resource, challenge, mentor and teacher to me through his preaching, conferences and writings. While I have only met him a few times (both at Saddleback conferences), I am big fan of his and deeply thankful for him.
Together, let us continue to lift Rick and Kay, as well as the Saddleback family, in prayer. These prayers were shared on Scot McKnight’s blog:
Grant, O Lord, to all who are bereaved the spirit of faith and courage, that they may have strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience; not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness, and in the joyful expectation of eternal life with those they love. And this we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Almighty God, Father of mercies and giver of comfort: Deal graciously, we pray, with all who mourn; that, casting all their care on you, they may know the consolation of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Pastor Greg Laurie, who lost a son in an accident, shared these good words that are worth passing along:
“I too have had a son die, so I have a sense of the pain Rick and Kay are facing. But their circumstances are different and my heart goes out to them. At times like these, there really are no words, but there is the Word. There is no manual, but there is Emmanuel. God is with us. I know the Lord will be there for all of the Warren family and Saddleback Church as they grieve together. Looking forward to that day when God will ‘Restore all things.’ (Acts 3:21)”