OXFORD, Ala. (AP) — Siran Stacy struggled with depression, anger and his own shaken religious faith after his wife and four of his children were killed in a car accident.
Now, the former Alabama running back is urging others to keep the faith whatever the circumstances.
“I could have decided not to come out of it,” Stacy told an overflow crowd at Oxford’s Meadowbrook Baptist Church Sunday. “But I came back. I told the devil to get away, and I came back.”
Stacy, 39, was driving his family home from his mother’s house when a drunk driver crossed an intersection and struck his car on Nov. 19, 2007 near Dothan. The accident also killed 29-year-old Adam Wayman, the other car’s driver.
Stacy and his 3-year-old daughter, Shelly, were seriously injured in the crash.
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Take a minute to think about these four things that are not recoverable. Live each minute like it is your last and live it as if Christ was physically right beside you.
- The stone………..after the throw.
- The word………after it’s said.
- The occasion……..after it’s missed.
- The time……….after it’s gone.
The words “Thank You” seem so inadequate that it almost embarrasses me to tell you just “Thank You”. Your message last Wed. night (Feb. 3, 2010) changed many many lives. The youth and adults of Grimes United Methodist Church were truly blessed to have you as our guest. I have heard stories all weekend how hearts were strangely warmed during your testimony. We know that the Holy Spirit was indeed at work on that night at Holy Ground. Your words, though spoken mainly to the youth, were POWERFUL words, and your testimony a POWERFUL testimony, but most POWERFUL of all was your attitude, one filled with love for your fellow man, one filled with the desire to see ALL come to Christ, and one filled with the Holy Spirit. So, THANK YOU!!! You have blessed us all!!!
Strength does not come from winning, your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, THAT IS STRENGTH!!
– Reginald Webster
Here’s a quote from Todd Bates that I hope will be an inspiration:
“If you take a shot and miss you can still rebound.”
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“Siran brought a wonderful, passionate message, that was right on target. Following the service, Siran was with our people until 10 o’clock, treating every member as if they were the only person on earth!!!! It was incredible. He truly exhibits the love of Christ in word and in actions. “
Brian W. First Baptist Church: Cullman, AL
I have been reading about the tragedy and how you overcame by the blood of the Lamb. Thank for “getting back up” and telling the rest of us about it.
This summer I lost my wife of 45 years. She was a happy Christian in spite of many years of suffering. During the last three months of her life at least two people came to a hope in Christ through her testimony.
Although I am NOT suicidal, after she died I really felt that I had no desire to continue. I still get that feeling. But, after I read your story I felt so unworthy to complain about my loss when yours was so great and so sudden.
The day before she died, I was able to hear my wife whisper her last words to me. She said “I love you.” I am trying to count my blessings and keep on trusting and serving our Lord and your message has helped me very much.
Thank you for all you are doing and for making your story public so it can help so many.
Your unworthy brother in Christ,