It Is Finished

Maundy thursday

A young woman sat in the darkness of the Tenebrae service one Good Friday many years ago and watched as the candles were extinguished one by one. There had been many months of struggle as she wrestled with her doubts in faith. Over the past several years she had fallen away from the faith of her childhood. She doubted that the stories of the Bible could be true . . . yet, she was continually drawn to the person of Jesus Christ. Who was this Jesus? Why had he left such a great influence on so many people over the years? How was it that his followers throughout the ages had self-lessly created so many helping organizations around the world? . . . schools, hospitals, social agencies, world hunger relief programs . . . all because of following Jesus.
People like Mother Teresa made a great impression on this woman. These people seemed to really take their faith seriously and lived dedicated lives. Continue reading

Today You Shall Be With Me In Paradise

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I was working as a chaplain at the cancer clinic in my province. One afternoon there was a call for me to make a visit to a young man up on the bone marrow transplant unit. He had just been told he had only a few weeks to live. He wanted to talk to the chaplain.

What does one say in such a situation? Silently I prayed for the right words as I walked to the ward.

It didn’t take long for him to get to the heart of his question: “What’s going to happen to me when I die?” He said: “I’ve done some pretty bad things. I’ve made a mess of my life. Will I go to hell?” Continue reading