Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Word of Grace for Your Monday

by Kent Hansen

Dear Friends:

A young woman named Yuri attended a small prayer and Bible study group that I led for many years.

Yuri is Japanese. She grew up in a Buddhist family in Japan.

Student missionaries at a language school introduced her to Christ who she eagerly accepted as her Savior. Her troubles began at that point.

Yuri's Buddhist fiance broke off their engagement with a terse "You love your God more than me." Her family turned on her for her faithfulness to Christ. She was broken-hearted and crushed in spirit, seemingly without a future or a hope.

One night, alone in her room, she stared at the wall in despair. A student missionary had given her a tape-recording of the Christian singer Sandy Patti. Yuri turned on her cassette player and she heard these words:

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow Because He lives, All fear is gone. Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives. (Gloria Gaither and William J. Gaither, 1974).

Yuri believed these words. She accepted on faith that they were true. She followed her student missionary friends to the United States where she enrolled at my alma mater, La Sierra University. That's where Yuri met me and joined our small group.

Read more at Adventist Perspective.


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