Shannon Macfarlane Sproul
It was beautiful. There a few rows ahead of me during Lord’s Day worship sat a father with his children. As the congregation sang, this father sang over, with, and to one of his daughters who was bound to a wheelchair. The father delighted in this and, from the smile on her face, she knew how much her earthly father loved her. This was one of the most poignant moments I’ve experienced in corporate worship.
This beautiful young woman died yesterday. Shannon Macfarlane Sproul, daughter of Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. and granddaughter of Dr. R.C. Sproul, was fifteen years old. She was born with a condition called Lissencephaly, a condition that left her profoundly disabled. She was a blessing to all who knew her. In fact, a few years ago, Joni Eareckson Tada produced a short TV program that showed how Shannon and her family handled disability in light of the sovereignty of God. Shannon now has not only the memory of her earthly father singing over her, but in a way that we cannot fathom, has the joy of having her Heavenly Father sing over her (Zeph. 3:17).
A season of mourning has come again to the Sproul household. If you have followed this blog for awhile, you will know that R.C. Jr. lost his wife Denise to cancer last December. Please keep the Sproul family in your prayers.
Visitation will be this Friday, 5–7 pm at the Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Sanford with the memorial service at Saint Andrew’s Chapel on Saturday at 10 am. In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Denise Sproul Memorial Scholarship Fund.