Wednesday, November 02, 2011

On the Passing of a Great Woman of God

Like me, it's likely that you have never heard of Evelyn Christenson before today but she was a great woman of God. She played a great role in the prayer movement of the denomination in which I serve and, indeed, around the world. She once asked the Lord to let her teach the world to pray, and God answered that prayer by sending her to teach internationally and write best-selling books on prayer.

Today Evelyn went to be with her Master and Friend, Jesus Christ. Her last words were these: "It's beautiful, it's beautiful... Jesus is holding my hand.” Evelyn has held the hand of Jesus for many years, but today she gets to see His face! 

Oh that we would live lives that lead us to speak words like that in our final moments. Oh that death would be sweet for us, not because we love death but because we love Jesus Christ who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through his life, death, burial, and resurrection.

The best way to honor Evelyn's life, I think, is to become a person of prayer, a person who knows what it means to be near to Jesus and commune with him and submit to him day by day. If we'll do this, then when we see Jesus we'll not be gazing upon a stranger but rather our most precious Lord, Savior, and Friend. 

Thank you, Jesus, for using Evelyn's life in our lives today.

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