Out of Order
This edition of eTouch is unique, personal and quite unlike anything we've done before.
Donna & I have just lost the youngest member of our family, our only son, 45 year-old Peter Andrew. He passed away unexpectedly in his sleep last weekend in Vancouver, Canada, where he has lived for 22 years.
We are in the process of grieving and retrieving Pete. His three sisters will be gathering with us to mourn and to celebrate Pete’s life here on earth—rejoicing that he is now in a far better place.
A member of our extended family wrote to us that Pete’s passing is “out of order,” meaning that a child should not normally die before its parents.
So we agree, that this is abnormal, just as much of what is happening in the world today is out of order.
Tributes from many of Pete’s friends—and he had many—are on his facebook page.
I would also like to make available something I wrote about Pete five years ago. It is chapter 17 of the book, The Last Thing I’d Ever Do. To read this chapter, go to /resources/the-last-thing-i-d-ever-do-by-peter-jordan/chapter-17-the-waiting-father/
Thanks for understanding. We hope to continue with a normal eTouch next time.
Till next time,
Trusting God — and Each Other
As I understand it, these days that we’re in, are the first time that three generations have walked together, being filled with, and led by the Spirit of God. The Abraham, Isaac and Jacob generations.
Like it says in Acts 2:17-21 [and Joel 2:28-31], ”In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out My Spirit on all people, your sons and daughters will prophesy, young men will see visions, old men will dream dreams.’ . . .”
God doesn’t have favourites, He accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right [see Acts 10:34-35]. Children are prophesying, young people are having visions like never before; this Jacob generation is creative, and God is speaking to them through the eyes of their hearts. He is speaking more and more through dreams, but what we as God’s people need most is the fear of the Lord, so we can test what is of Him and what is of the flesh or of the enemy [see Rom 12:1-3].
* Are we a people that God can trust? "God confides in those who fear Him" [Ps 25:14].
* "He takes the upright into His confidence" [Prov 3:32].
* Can we trust each other? We need each other. Do you have friends who you can share your heart with and know they will not judge you, use you or condemn you? True friends will believe the best of you and about you. Is your friendship because you both walk with Jesus and have friendship with Him? Can you share your heart with each other, always believing the best and not carrying any offence?
In the last couple of weeks I’ve had two people who I know and trust, both from the Isaac generation ask me, “Can I really trust you? Can I share my heart with you and will you give me wisdom, and discern what I’m sharing with you? Can I confide in you?” Both these people are very well known in the sphere that God has called them to. They aren’t my friends because they have position or money, but because they are friends of God and have hearts after Him.
If you lose everything—position and finances and ‘things’—that’s when you find out who your true friends are. In a similar way, God recognizes His true friends are those who still trust Him and believe truth about His character, even when they go through very difficult times.
So, the questions are:
There’s no greater treasure than to be a friend of God, and have true friends to walk with, here on earth.
Have you ever thought what you want imprinted on your tombstone? This is what I want: “A friend of God’s and a friend to others.” I’m still learning, maybe that’s why Jesus hasn’t taken me home yet!!!
Love and Blessings,
P.S. I just heard this week that our son Pete died peacefully in his sleep and he is now with Jesus. The grieving and remembering the good things have been a journey these last few days. Two things I know, we can trust God in this trial, and He can trust us.
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