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I have seen the risen Lord! – Wednesday

A powerful sermon tells a story of new life out of death.


“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap the harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9.

Wednesday night, we met as synod groups. I attended Southwestern Ontario and was delighted to be able to hear Mark Yaconelli speak to our group. His message was simple: be kind, be honest, take time. His honesty while he spoke made him very translatable to everyone in the room, encouraging us to take time with people, friends or strangers because the little impact we have on them could make or break their day. His honest apprehensions at waiting for something to happen, to join his son’s “Slow Club,” or the worry and anxiety about a “surprise wedding” were just as entertaining as they were thought provoking. Take a step back from the hustle bustle of life, and just enjoy living.

“Through him, you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, so your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:21

“I have seen the risen Lord.” A powerful statement from Sarah Travis, as she boldly stood at the front of Worship and told us her heartbreaking story. Her son Sam died on his third birthday after three liver transplants–and when she questioned God heading home after Sam’s death, God told her, “I too have lost a son.” Her story then turned empowering. Sarah’s other son Ben (now 7) informed Sarah that Sam was lucky; he got an early start on eternal life. How prophetic.

Sarah then focused on what to do next. The family decided to donate to a hospital in Jobat, India, where the need is great. Pneumonia vests were made, gifts were taken, and Sarah brought them to Jobat. She turned tragedy into beauty. I have seen the risen Lord. I see his work through Sarah.

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and he will deliver you.” Proverbs 20:22

About the author

Leila Paugh is a member of the health care team at Canada Youth 2009. She attends Stamford, Niagara Falls, Ont.

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