You wont believe this……an update on the faith of the centurion

Posted: December 8, 2011 in Uncategorized

If you go back a week and read my blog post titled the faith of the centurion (please read it before you read this) you will read a remarkable story about a faithful man who dramatically changed my life forever. I wish I could sit down with him and learn from him. I think about the wisdom he imparted to me in just a 30 minute conversation on the phone…… that one might say should have never happened.

I come back from my lunch break today to find a co-worker teary eyed with a story to tell me. She begins to tell me that a man by the name of Edward Kalin came on her line and asked for me. She told him that it wouldn’t be possible to get me. He tells her about his wife’s illness and all about the conversation I had with him last week. He proceeds to tell her that his wife has passed away and that he has been questioning whether or not she went to heaven.

One thing I didn’t mention in my previous post is that we had a discussion about Bethel Church in Redding,CA. Bill Johnson is the head pastor of the church and there has been an outpouring of God’s spirit there which has led to many stories of people being physically healed of all kinds of diseases and sicknesses. Mr Kalin kept saying “If I could just get my wife to Redding i’m sure they could heal her”. We had a discussion about healing and how it’s not about the location or who is there it is about faith. The discussion ended with me telling him I would send an e-mail to Bethel asking them to pray for her.

She passed away on monday November 20th and the weight of losing his wonderful wife was beginning to take a toll on him. He was really struggling with worries of whether or not she went to heaven when she died. I can’t imagine being in his shoes and it breaks my heart to think of him sitting there alone missing his wife that he so dearly loved. He proceeds to tell my co-worker that a few days after she passed away he received a letter in the mail from a pastor at Bethel Church. The letter explains to ******** not to worry about whether or not his wife is in heaven and told him that his wife is in heaven! Really God? You would tell a pastor at Bethel church in Redding to write a letter to this man who he has no association with, so that he would know his wife is in heaven? You would meet this man where he weeps and comfort him in a way that only you could do? Of course you would because you love him!

I never sent the e-mail to Bethel. I may have been unfaithful but Jesus remained just as faithful as he always is and always will be. I am blown away by this mans faithfulness to Jesus, his commitment and love for his wife and his commitment to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. When my co-worker was telling me the story she kept saying,”this man changed my life”. We got to have a conversation of how this man had changed both of our lives. I shared this story on monday night at community group and it touched their lives. As you read this mans story I pray that it touches your heart and changes your life too. I pray that it points you to Jesus. This amazing man has no idea how many lives he has touched and will continue to touch. This is a man I honor and am eternally thankful for. I can only pray that I would become half the man he is……

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