Monday, January 27, 2014

Her Life's Song: A Tribute to Rebecca Petrie

This past week, one of the greatest women I have ever known went home to be with the Lord. Her name was Rebecca Petrie and she and her husband, Paul, have literally impacted thousands of lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. From one continent to the next, their message of life-giving relationships centered around the love of Christ, have strengthed families, and radically changed the local church. Mark and I would not be walking in the fullness of what God has for us if not for these two people, nor would our children. So, I write this post to honor - in a small way - a woman that I admired and loved. I know many of us are mourning her loss this week but at the same time grateful that she is no longer confined to a body that limited her to a wheelchair.

As I write these words, I am keenly aware the our language does not adequately express the presence of God at work in a person's life. Rebecca exuded His presence. She lived a life laid down for the purpose of God and as a result, 1000's of people, all of the world, have felt His love and known His presence. I am one of the blessed women that got to learn from Rebecca. Many of the teachings she shared over the years still ring in my thoughts. Paul and Rebecca planted churches in Europe, North America and Africa. However, in 2001, while ministering to Belgium Parliamentarian wives, Rebecca fell down the stairs in her home, breaking neck, and lived as a quadrapalegic for the past 13 years. In 2009, with help from her friends and family, Rebecca published her book, Falling Into Grace.

Her life's message was the heart of life is in our relationship with Him and one another. To honor Rebecca would be to the Lord God with all of our hearts and to love one another as He loves us.










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