This week we learned of the passing of a wonderful friend from the past. We didn't know her for a long time, but she and her husband attended one of the churches we served. They only arrived in our area a couple of years before we moved on to the church we are at now.
She was a wonderful, generous caring lady who did so much for people around her. Yet she was never looking for acknowledgment or praise. In fact she preferred to be in the background. She and her husband lived in Lacombe at the time and our daughter occasionally stayed in their home overnight, when she had a short time between shifts at her job at the coffee shop, and the weather was poor.
But the most outstanding thing about her was her faith in Jesus Christ. She loved the Lord and relied on Him for strength every day. I will be officiating at her funeral on Tuesday afternoon. It is always difficult to lose a dear friend, but it is a great privilege to be able to share with others how they too can have assurance and confidence in the face of sorrow and loss.
It is almost Easter and I am so thankful for the difference Easter makes for us as believers. First, in the death of Jesus, we are assured that our sins can be forgiven. Then, in the resurrection we have hope--hope for tomorrow and hope for eternity.
Gordon Rowland has been a Missionary-Pastor with Village Missions of Canada for over 35 years. Gordon and his wife Val have lived and served in Clive since 2001. They have four children and nine wonderful grandchildren.