‘I thought I was seeing the face of God.’

In an interview with David Brody, Brit Hume talks about life after his son died:

I considered myself a Christian. If someone had asked me if you’re a Christian, I would have said, ‘Of course I’m a Christian.’ But I think I was what you would call a nominal Christian. I went through my adult life with little thought day by day of God or Christ or any of the rest of it. I just didn’t think about it very much. When my son died in 1998, you know, when something shattering like that happens, I think it’s likely to be moment or can well be a moment where you find out what you really believe, and as horrible as that was, and it was bad, and it was heartbreaking and it was unexpected and it was very painful, I had the feeling through it all, that God was there, that He would rescue me from grief and pain, and that, I would get through it, and I knew I believed, and I knew it with enormous force. And things happened during that period that I looked to Him as the only reasonable explanation.

He goes on to explain the outpouring of support he received:

The outpouring of sentiment for me, of sympathy and condolence that I got was absolutely astonishing. My home address isn’t well-known, and yet somehow, in the weeks that followed that incident of his death, we had to send out ‘thank you’ notes to nearly a thousand people who had written to me. They were in my mailbox when I came home at night, stuffed to capacity, and people sent prayer cards and they told me about trees that had been planted in his name and so on. I don’t know how, I mean I know it made news around the country that he died, that he committed suicide, but I can’t image, I was astonished at that response. I thought I was seeing the face of God. And I felt enormously lifted by it, I felt grateful for it, and I said to myself, ‘Well, Hume, turns out you’re a Christian. Now, what are you going to do about it?’ And I’ve been trying to answer that question ever since, and I’m constantly … it’s difficult to lead the Christian life, it’s not easy. And you know, you always ask yourself the famous question, ‘If somebody accused you of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?’ And I hope, day by day, that some evidence to that effect is accumulating. I’m trying. Not easy.”

(Watch here.)

Isn’t that the daily realization and question? “[T]urns out you’re a Christian. Now, what are you going to do about it?”

He adds: “You know, Christianity is a religion for sinners, and thank God for me it is.”

It’s a beautiful, honest, raw interview with a man on a journey, looking for something better, seeking a deeper unity with God. As we all are. Are we walking it? With Christ?

And this isn’t the first time Brit Hume has talked of Christ, pointing to our Savior with his public voice. Do we take such opportunities, with the witness of our lived lives and with the voices God gave us?

  • JBP

    That was so good to read. I like Brit anyway, but this reinforces it so much more. And I really feel for him and his family too.

  • LadyBird

    This was a wonderful reflection. It is hard to take up the cross and live by those principles. The rewards, though, will be sweet!

  • Rick in Illinois

    I lost my son to suicide on April 27, 2001 and I can somewhat identify with Mr. Hume about sensing the face of God during such a dark time in my life. Psalm 139:16 tells me that all of the days for my son were ordained before one of them began and 2 Corintians 12:9 tells me that God’s grace is sufficient. God bless you Brit. You are not alone. Your testimony has helped many. I know that you are a busy man, but I’d love to correspond with you about this as one grieving father to another.

  • stoney1815

    He is who we thought he was.

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  • Manny

    The interview clip was excellent. Britt seems to be a good man. Thanks for bringing it to us.

  • Ron Goodwyne

    Very uplifting interview. Thanks for posting it.

  • Deanna

    I’m so sorry. I didn’t know. Lost my son as well August 19, 2000, but not to suicide. I’ve admired you greatly as a kind man. Thank you.