‘God had nothing to do with it,’ says Christian worship leader Chris Picco who lost his wife and son within days of each other

Chris Picco, Ashley, Lennon James Picco
Chris Picco at the memorial service for his wife, Ashley, 30, and son, James Lennon. |

Christian worship leader turned YouTube sensation Chris Picco doesn’t blame God.

In a moving speech at the funeral of his wife, Ashley, and young son, Lennon James, at the Loma Linda University Church in California on Saturday, Picco said, “God has nothing to do with this,” as he mourned his tragic loss and was ready to move on.

Picco’s son, Lennon James Picco, was recently delivered by emergency caesarean section at 24 weeks. His wife, Ashley, 30, died in her sleep shortly thereafter. Prior to Lennon’s death, Picco was captured in a viral video singing the Beatles’ hit song “Blackbird” to his son.

A description on the video explained that: “Lennon’s lack of movement and brain activity was an ongoing concern for doctors and nurses at Loma Linda University Hospital, where he received the best care available. During the pregnancy , Ashley often felt Lennon move to the music so Chris asked if he could bring his guitar to NICU.”

Reflecting on his loss on Saturday, Picco shifted his focus from his pain to something positive.

“One of the themes of our relationship for me and Ashley, we met through a tragic, tragic event. An untold tragedy. That’s how we met. And so something good is come from something so tragic. [tragedy]That’s what I want. I want good to come out of it. So many voices that reached out to me didn’t have the support, didn’t have the random viral video, didn’t have the momentum…” Picco explained.

“I know God didn’t make this up. It’s not… God had nothing to do with it,” Picco said.
“But I can see Him, the tears streaming down his face, beginning to compose, one note at a time, the most beautiful melody anyone has ever heard. And I don’t know what it sounds like, but it’s the God that I believe in,” he finished before launching into a beautiful rendition of “This Is My Father’s World.”


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