Thoughts on finding faith
In 2005 my husband and I had our second child, a beautiful, healthy baby girl. We were excited that our 2-year-old son was going to have a sister. A week later life changed drastically; our baby was not waking up. We rushed her to the hospital and she was admitted. For several days we did not find out what was wrong with her. She was still not waking up! Further testing gave no answers on why our infant daughter was drifting further and further away.
I had attended church on and off with my husband before having children. My faith was weak and I often questioned if there was a God. I had never read the Bible and my upbringing was not religious. For three days and nights, I sat at the hospital bed watching my daughter struggling to live. I prayed, “Dear Lord,” words began to form in my mind, “help me … take me, not my child.” I found myself praying. I bargained with God, asked for his mercy. Time stood still! I had no other place to turn to; I had to find faith.
I do not remember praying before but I knew I needed a miracle. As my husband and I started to prepare to have our daughter transferred to a different hospital, a fourth doctor walked in and declared the lab work incorrect, diagnosed her and began treatment. Miracle? Angel? You decide.
When our daughter was three months old, she was baptized. Her first name is Erin; my husband and I had picked out her name before she was born. God gave her a middle name: Faith. Today Erin Faith is a healthy 6-year-old who loves school, playing outside, and her friends.
My wish for you: find your faith. Slow down long enough to reflect on life. Crises are often turning points in our lives, but we do not have to wait for life to turn upside down. Today can be the day you find your faith.
This column is the opinion of Sirpa Gorman, a Board member of Love INC of Eagle River. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a private practice in Eagle River, Alaska.
Radiant Purity conference planned
Five years ago a group of young ladies began meeting in Chugiak twice a month for Bible study. The discipleship program they still use is the Bright Lights program, developed by Sarah Mally with Tomorrow’s Forefathers. The Chugiak group is one of four hundred fifty groups worldwide using these materials.
Bright Lights will host a Radiant Purity Video Conference presented by Sarah Mally on Oct. 14 from 5:30 until 9:15 p.m. and Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Eagle River Grace Church. All young ladies and their parents are invited to attend. Topics covered include: How to Avoid the Dangers of the World’s Thinking, How to Guard Your Heart When You Have a Crush, and Waiting for God’s Best.
Creatively presented through stories and testimonies, practical instruction, skits, chalk talks, music, and real-life examples, this conference gives Biblical answers to everyday questions and deep life struggles. How can a young lady stay physically and emotionally pure as she waits for God’s best in marriage? How can parents protect and guide? These questions will be addressed during main sessions and small group discussions. The material is discreet and appropriate for twelve year olds, yet relevant to all ages. To see a short clip of the conference, go to http://vimeo.com/11279158.
Lunch and dinner will be provided Saturday.
Registration is $10/girl and $10/parent and can be done online at: http://tomorrowsforefathers.pinnaclecart.com/video-conference/.
Location: Eagle River Grace Church, Mile 1.8 South Birchwood Loop.
For more information, email conference coordinators Claire and Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org.