One Velcro Friend
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It was one of those nights that flashes back in our memory for years, like treasured pictures in a mental scrapbook. It was the early 1990s and the Soviet Union was beginning to break up. Estonia and Latvia had been under Soviet domination for years, with Christians often being persecuted, or marginalized, even imprisoned and beaten. Our daughter was one of a team of college students, privileged to be one of the first Christian teams to be able to freely present Christ in Estonia and Latvia. They had just held some unforgettable meetings with believers in Riga, the capital of Latvia, and they had heard some of the stories of the price some of those dear saints had paid for their loyalty to Jesus Christ. They had been through so much.
The team members bade their new friends an emotional farewell at church and they headed for the train station, where they eventually boarded the midnight train. But as they boarded, the railway platform was suddenly alive with the faces and the voices of the Latvian Christians they had left behind. They showed up en masse at the station at midnight for one last goodbye and a special sendoff. As our daughter settled into her seat on the train, she could hear the voices of those people joining together in a melody that just echoed through the station. She didn't recognize the words - they were in Latvian, of course - but she sure recognized the song. As the train slowly began to pull out of the station, these people who had endured so much, were singing an old song that, at least for one college student, would never be the same again "What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear." These people would know that, wouldn't they?ith Him, it could start today if you will give your life to this One who loves you so deeply He paid for your sins with His life. Our sins are very serious business, and they carry a death penalty which Jesus paid for you. I don't know if you've had a lot of relationships, and you hoped each one would be the ultimate harbor for your heart, and it wasn't. Jesus is life's only safe harbor, and you need to be in the safety of His love.
You don't need one more day without Him. Tell Him today, "Jesus, I'm Yours." There's a lot of practical help about how to be sure you belong to Jesus and how to begin your relationship with Him at our website. This would be a great day for you to check that out. It's YoursForLife.net. I could send you my booklet Yours For Life if you'll just call this toll free number for it, 877-741-1200.
"What a friend we have in Jesus." That's more than a song. It's a life you can have. What a friend I have in Jesus!
Distributed by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Inc.