Aches and Praise Four Hundred & Forty

February 12, 2020

Dear friends,  

Last Saturday, Karen and I were driving away from Costco in Pointe Claire when we received a text from our daughter that a friend had died earlier that morning. Tristan would have been 19 years old on Monday. He was a very quiet, yet very generous young man. When we moved our radio follow-up office to its present location in December 2018, he helped lift some heavy articles. Words cannot convey the terrible pain that his parents and siblings are feeling.

On Sunday, Tristan’s brothers and sisters in Christ gathered in Verdun to praise God and to pray for the Shaffer family as they grieve. Karen and I have never been in a service like it. Jerad Mellette, our youth pastor, brought a message of hope from 1 Thessalonians 4. Here is a summary of what he shared:

1) The root of our Hope: The resurrection of Jesus (v. 14)

2)  The result of our Hope:  Our resurrection (v. 14b-17)

3)  The Responsibility of our Hope: Encourage one another (v. 18)

Friends have rallied around the Shaffers, who have often encouraged our family and others by their visits. Please pray for them at this very difficult time.
A brother in Christ sent me the following link earlier today: . All over the world, people are finding new life in Christ. Let’s invite young and old to trust in the Lord.

Scripture for the weekend: “He has made known to His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.” Psalm 111:6 (NASB)

Thought for the weekend: “Helping others is often a good antidote when one’s own circumstances are difficult.” – Dr. David Jeremiah


By His grace,