Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Heaven's Gain and a Glorious Reunion

Over the years, I have treasured the teachings and writings of Elisabeth Elliot. She has ministered to women of all ages for so many years. Most know about her first husband, Jim Elliot. Jim lost his life on the mission field in Ecuador in 1956. Elisabeth wrote about those times and losses as well as other aspects of her walk with Christ.  My favorite of her  books is The Shaping of a Christian Family wherein she talks about her own growing up years with her parents and siblings. 

Elisabeth Elliot was my companion on the radio in Tennessee over the years when I drove many miles to my teaching job. The year Virginia was on the way, I taught at three different locations for the college.  Michael was pastoring full time, and we did everything we could to keep the boys home with us. It was an amazing time. Sometimes we would get discouraged, trying to stretch two full-time jobs with part-time pay into a budget supporting soon-to-be-five. The Lord made it work, and He blessed me with the ability to hear Elisabeth on those drives. She would always begin her broadcast with 
"You are loved with an everlasting love, and underneath are the everlasting arms . . .
This is your friend, Elisabeth Elliot  . . ."

She was and is a friend to many of us--we'll never know this side of heaven how many lives and hearts she blessed with her encouraging messages. 
She survived her first two husbands, Jim and then Addison Leitch.  I thought yesterday how wonderful it must be for her to be reunited with her beloved parents and these men whom she loved so dearly. 

Elisabeth Elliot spoke and wrote about her experiences on the mission field, but she also wrote about life and the values a Christian should have. She was no-nonsense about how Christian women should dress, behave and treat others. How we need her voice today!  I am grateful that BBN is rebroadcasting all of her messages (at 11:15 eastern) on weekdays.

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