January 17, 2016     JANE’S HEART TO HEART   …Pastor’s Help Mate

January 17, 2016 JANE’S HEART TO HEART …Pastor’s Help Mate

John 1:1-3 “In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that was made.”

“No creaturely need is outside the range of prayer.” Catherine Marshall

This is a quote from Catherine Marshall, in  a month of Daily Devotional Readings from Edith Schaeffer’s writings entitled  “The Art of Life”.      I would like to spend some time sharing some of the truths I have gleaned from this book.

In 1953 Francis Schaeffer became convinced that God was calling him and his family to a higher level of giving and working and sacrifice: to give up the security of a fixed income for an uncertain, non-structured work in Europe, possibly with a Swiss base. As the spiritual head of the house, he laid it all out before Edith and their four children all of the alternatives.  The decision was unanimous, to say “yes” to God’s call and depend upon him to provide the $1800 needed for their boat fair to Europe and the circumstances dictated that the monies be raised in three weeks, by September 9th.   Their daughter Priscilla charted on a thermometer on the wall and little by little,  the Great provider spoke to hearts and from the most unexpected sources, in less than three weeks all of the money needed was supplied.

Catherine Marshall recounted when she and her husband visited the  Schaeffers,  that they felt God’s love as all felt it at L’ Abri,(shelter), in their deep concern and interest in the young people, especially the hippies and the floaters. They cared passionately, totally, with utter self-giving about those who didn’t know what to believe, who had lost their way in life. “

I have also read several of her writings and one which is named, Dear Family: The L’ Abri Family Letters 1961-86.    The book contained just letters to home, describing the rewards of living a life dedicated to Jesus Christ and enables readers to appreciate more fully the sprit of the Schaeffer’s message as they sacrificially shared their home, food, and their very lives to help people who were struggling in their faith, often with out work or a place to live.  They had a literal school and housing where they educated and cared for many floundering confused souls in an attempt to teach them the truth of the Scriptures.

There great desire was to teach that there is truth to  be found in the Scriptures, that God will see to it that we have that truth— that is the fire in their souls, the light in their eyes and the ring in their voices.

If you were  privileged to knock at the door of any L’ Abri “shelter” around the world, you would be met with the understanding that you may be one of God’s divine interruptions in the midst of a very full hour or day, reflecting the attitude Edith modeled for every Christian.    

We all need to exhibit the love of God in the whole spectrum of life. 

Psalm 84:11King James Version (KJV)

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

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