Beautiful Example of Faith in Action

rachels-tearsIn sharing their story, Rachel Scott’s mom and dad each tell of hearing about the school shooting, arriving at the designated meeting place where parents were to be reconnected to the children who were being bussed away from the school, and of the terrible sinking feeling that washed over them as the last bus rolled away and their daughter had not been delivered to them. My heart was torn as I imagined the sorrow they must have felt that day, but the focus of the book quickly turns to the beauty of Rachel’s life … beauty that was seen in the details, many of which had been written down by Rachel herself.

In the days following her death, family and friends began to tell of how they were encouraged or challenged or comforted by Rachel in some way, and a beautiful picture of one with uncommon “faith in action” began to emerge. Rachel had been a note writer. One who had written many, many notes to friends and often even wrote notes to God in her journal. Her parents have included copies of a good number of her handwritten notes which were often more like her side of a chat session with God. Through her notes, it is easy to see that Rachel understood that God has set a higher standard for His people. Time and again she poured out her heart concerns to God through her written words as she worked through typical teenage situations. Often she received God’s direction before she finished writing, and in those cases, she recorded her answer and a commitment to follow through in obedience. In describing Rachel’s personality, her mother said,

“Rachel was very committed to Christ. She wasn’t a middle-of-the-road person. She wasn’t apathetic. She had a vitality for life and an all-out devotion to what she considered important, and that devotion seemed to come through in even the smallest things that she did.”

I hope this can be said about me when I’m gone. What about you?

Keeping it real,
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rachels-tearsRachel’s Tears: 10th Anniversary Edition: The Spiritual Journey of Columbine Martyr Rachel Scott

This is my personal review of Rachel’s Tears, written by Beth Nimmo and Darrell Scott with Steve Rabey, and published by Thomas Nelson.

I enjoy reviewing books as a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program.

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2 Responses to “Beautiful Example of Faith in Action”

  1. Katy says:

    I have missed your posts! I am so glad to see you again.

    This book sounds like a powerful read. What an amazing young woman taken from us too soon. Yet she has left us with a message that will live on.

    Katy’s last blog post..Inch By Inch

  2. ru4real says:

    Awww, thank you for your ‘welcome home.’ My family enjoyed a nice long vacation the first half of March, and I’ve been playing catch up ever since! I think I’m mostly organized now, and I hope to start posting semi-regularly again.

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