Discovering Beauty in Tragedy

29 July 2010

Elizabeth asked me to do a guest blog while she was out of town this week. I wasn't sure I'd have the time to put one together, but when she mentioned the topic she wanted me to share about ("write a post about an amazing, humbling, or God-filled experience in your life"), I couldn't resist. I believe it's God will that I share about the amazing things he's done in my life - declaring the wonderful works of God.
Some of you might already know this story, as I've shared it on my blog before, but I wanted to share it here for those of you who haven't heard, and I pray you marvel today... just a little more than yesterday...

Our daughter, Anna, died before the sun came up on November 19th, 2004. When Anna's heart stopped that morning, my husband frantically called 911 for help. The man who answered Kyle's call never came to mind after that day. He couldn't save Anna's life and we were grieving too deeply to want to pull that morning back from our memory.
Three years after Anna died, in 2007, my husband called the Harvey County office to ask about acquiring a copy of that phone call. We weren't sure we'd be able to listen to it, and we weren't exactly sure why we wanted it, but we felt a need to own a copy of that call.

Kyle spoke to the director of the 911 Center, Courtney Becker. He informed Kyle that he was the man that took the call that morning. When the tape was ready for Kyle to pick up, he went to the 911 Center and met Courtney for the first time. He had written a letter to us and given it to Kyle with the tape. While reading that letter, we were shocked to find out that while we hadn't ever thought of the man who answered our call, he had thought of us. Anna's death had affected his heart very deeply. That letter made it's way to the Afterword of my book (In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me). 

 I was so blessed to know that God had worked in yet another way through our heartache. When my book was completed, we took Courtney a copy and I met him for the first time. I was overwhelmed with gratefulness for the part he played in Anna's last moments on earth, but was especially pleased knowing he had a soft place in his heart for my little girl. He and his wife and children were all there. We didn't know them but somehow I felt a close bond with them.

Several months later, while I was having a book signing at Barnes and Noble, Courtney and his two children showed up. I didn't recognize him at first, but when he re-introduced himself, I was very excited to see him. He began to tell me how much our lives and story had affected him and his family. He then handed me a note and said it was easier for him to write it down than to talk about it. I was so curious and couldn't wait to read it!

When we left Barnes and Noble that day, I read his note out loud to Kyle (and Abigail - our daughter who was with us). I marveled over each word and felt my heart begin to spill over with joy. I could barely read it for the emotion that overtook me. The letter so beautifully stated that Courtney had not only been affected by being a part of Anna's death that morning of November 19th, 2004, but three years later while reading my book, his life was eternally changed! Courtney had given his life to Jesus Christ! He and his family have been faithfully serving the Lord ever since!

This is one of the most fascinating events of my life! Tragedy is often blamed for all the terrible things that come out of man, but I can't help but rejoice when I remember that God can and does bring beauty from tragedy!

This story inspired me to write my second book entitled, He Heard Hannah. I would ask that you pray for me as I continue to pursue publication for this book. Here is a teaser for the book:

July 12th, 1998 a man began a career in 911 dispatch. Two weeks later a baby girl was born.

November 19th, 2004, a man took a 911 call that would change his life. That same day a little girl died.

If you've ever wondered if God is real ... this story will convince you - He is.
If you've ever wondered if God cares about you ... this story will convince you - He does.
Kyle and I and Courtney and Jocinda - bonded forever because of Anna.

Lynnette considers herself blessed to serve and love an amazing husband, many beautiful children and an awesome God. She’s written a book, In Faithfulness, He Afflicted Me, which details her journey through the loss of three of her nine children. She’s claimed her victory over heartache and enjoys sharing hope with those who need it.

Dancing Barefoot on Weathered Ground is Lynnette's blog, where she reveals all sides of herself. She loves blogging and considers her “chums” her true friends. She lives in Sedgwick, KS on a five-acre farm and says it's a her little piece of heaven on earth.

4 epistles:

  1. Wow. That was a very moving post. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your daughter. I am amazed. When I read this post, I realized (once again) that God really can bring good out of any terrible situation! I will be praying for you.
    I hope you will check out my online, Christian magazine for tween/tern girls: I would love it if you become a subscriber!! We want as many subscribers as we can get! Would you be interested in writing a guest article for our magazine? If you have questions or want more info, feel free to email me at Thanks again for sharing your story with all of us readers!

  2. Powerful. Beautiful. I read Lynnette's every post she puts on her blog. I don't know how anyone cannot be affected by her faith and witness for the Lord in her life.

    Bravo, Lynnette! Blessings and love to you as always! ♥

  3. Thank you for sharing that. It is often hard to see what can do through tradegy but He is always working!
    Through Christ,

  4. I've read this story before Lynnette. I continue to marvel at the love and faithfulness of our God to bring beauty into our lives through the ashes of our pain. May He continue to keep you in perfect peace. Thank you for sharing this hear as I may touch those who haven't yet read.


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