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The Way of a Fool – Part 13


Dedicated to my wife, who was my lover and best friend whom I lost to mental illness in 1993. We were knit together in the palm of His hand. No one can take your place, ma ti’ coulombe. 

 

September 1st 1984

 

Prelude

Guests are being seated.

Recorded music: "For the Bride" by John Michael Talbot

 

Welcome and Announcements

1) No confetti to be thrown on the premises.

2) No photographs to be taken during the ceremony except for the official photographer.

 

Sermon (In French only) – Pastor Daniel St. Laurent

Pastor Ken Bombay leads the congregation in the Lord’s Prayer. (Pastor St. Laurent leads in French)

 

Processional

1) Recorded – Song of Songs by John Michael Talbot

(Procession to be simultaneous down two centre-side aisles.)

Men stand on the organ side of the platform and the women on the piano side.

2) Groom proceeds down the right aisle and remains at the front waiting. Then the Pastor Ken Bombay shall say:

"Do you Gerry Allen Desjardins, as you approach the alter of God, purpose that the home you now establish shall be a Christian home? Do you pledge that the Lord Jehovah shall be your God? Do you seek by His grace to be a man who in all of the relationships of life will conduct himself as a servant to his Lord Jesus Christ? If so, answer "I do.""

 

The Bridal Entrance

Recorded music – Arise by John Michael Talbot

Pastor says: Shall we rise?

Bride proceeds to the front pew on the arms of her father. Mother of the bride joins them.

Pastor says: The congregation may be seated.

After asking the parents of the bride and groom if they consented to this marriage, the bride and the groom proceed to the alter together.

 

Vows

Pastor Ken Bombay says: "Please join your right hands."

Gerry, repeat after me: "Elaine, I love you with all of my being. I promise to be loyal and true to you, the Lord being my Helper. To sustain you in all the challenges of our life together. To strive to make our marriage a living example of Christ’s love for the church. To endeavour to acknowledge Jesus as Lord of our Union and to keep you uppermost next only to Him all the days of our lives."

Pastor St. Laurent says:

Elaine répéte après moi. Gerry, je t’aime de tout mon coeur. Je te donne toute ma vie et tout ma loyauté. Je tenterai de me soumettre à toi aussi longtemps que tu suivras Jésus Christ. Je tiendra ta main quand tu tombaras et réjouirai quand tu réussiras. Je te garderai toujours au premier plan de ma vie seul, après notre Seigneur Jésus Christ à l’egard de Son nom et de Sa grace tous les jours de notre vie.

 

The Word

A) Georges Forbes – Ephesians 5:22-29

22Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

25Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church——

B) Pina Constantini – 1 Corinthians 13

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

C) Pastor Ken Bombay brings short message to the couple and the congregation.

 

Tokens

Pastor Ken says: "Do you have the rings?"

(The bride and groom exchange rings)

"May your union be as endless as the circle of these rings. May your union be blessed by Him whose Word fashioned the elements in these rings."

"Join your left hands."

Gerry repeat after me:

With this ring – I thee wed

With my body – I thee honour

With my love – I thee bless

With my possessions – I thee endow

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Pastor St. Laurent then says:

Elaine répéte après moi:

Avec ses anneaux – je t’épouse

Avec mon corps – je t’honore

Avec mon amour – je te bénis

Avec mes possessions (biens) – je t’en dote

Au nom du Seigneur Jésus Christ.

Ne me presses pas de te laissr, de retourner loin de toi!

Où tu iras j’irai, où tu demeureras je demeurerai;

To peuple sera mon peuple, et ton Dieu sera mon Dieu;

Où tu mourras je mourrai, et j’y serai enterrée. Ruth 1:16

Amen!

 

Declaration of the Union

Pastor Ken then says:

"Because you have first presented yourselves to Christ as Lord and Saviour, and because you have consented together in Christian marriage and because you have pledged your love and faith in the sight of God and before family and friends, by the authority vested in me as a minister of the gospel, by our sovereign lady Queen Elizabeth and the laws of the province of Quebec, I now declare that you are husband and wife in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Pastor St. Laurent then repeats the same thing in French.

 

Communion

1) Elaine prays in French

2) Gerry prays in English

3) Both pastors impose their hands and pray for the couple.

 

Candle Lighting

 

Signing

Songs sung by Richard Loder and Mrs. St.Laurent as the couple are seated.

 

Benediction

24 "The LORD bless you and keep you;

25 the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

26 the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace." Numbers 6:24-26

 

Presentation

 

Recessional – Holy is His Name – John Michael Talbot

 

Wedding service written by Gerry and Elaine Desjardins

 

Marriage is the union of one man and one woman before God to the exclusion of all others.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 12


The man who finds a wife finds a treasure and receives favor from the LORD. Proverbs 18:22

Even though I had been dating Elaine for quite a while I had as yet to meet her father. But because I had asked her to be my wife I thought it only fitting that I ask him for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Elaine had long had problems with her dad. It was she who discovered that her dad was cheating on her mom with another woman. This woman was into witchcraft and sorcery. Elaine also had difficulty with the way he had treated her older brother who is mentally ill. She blamed the majority of her families problems on the fact that he involved them in the occult. One of those problems was also her youngest brother. Whenever I would visit Elaine at her home, before I left we would go into her room to pray together. Each time we would, no matter how quietly we prayed, her brother would take a fit and bang on the door or throw things at it. He would scream for us to stop. I knew it had to be some kind of demonic influence. One evening I felt the Spirit rise up within me and I just cried out, "In the name of Jesus, satan get out!" All of a sudden it got real quiet outside of her room. When we went out he was sitting calmly playing video games. After that time we never had problems again. Meeting her father was not going to be easy but as a believer it was something I knew I had to do none the less. We prayed together that God would protect us from any spirits that may have been on that man or in his house.

The first thing I noticed about him was his eyes. They were like two bottomless pits. Black and soulless. I had never seen eyes like his before and it was a bit unnerving. He also wore a big medallion around his neck representing the sun god. To tell you the truth, I don’t remember much of the conversation with him. It was very cordial and he did give me his permission for me to marry Elaine. But I had met a man who would effect my soon to be wife for years to come.

We set our wedding date as September 1st 1984. Labour day weekend and set about preparing for it. We never realized just how expensive a wedding could be or just how much work it involved but we were determined to see it through as we believed it was God’s will for our union.

Early in the spring I learned that the company I was working for, Maislin Trucking was bankrupt. But the good news was that because I worked in the payroll department, I and a few others were being contracted by the holding company for a few months to figure out what was exactly owed to Maislin’s employees across North America. That would give me time to find a new job. In the meantime I was also offered a job with Teen Haven a home for troubled teens. I would have to sleep over a couple of nights a week to keep an eye on the boys. It didn’t pay very much but it helped.

One of the places I went to apply was Zeller’s. With two weeks left in my contract with the holding company, I went and filled out an application with them. On Friday of that week they called me and told me to come into for an interview on Monday. I went in and I knew that God would give me the job. On the last day of my contract they called me and told me I got the job with them. On the following Tuesday I started with Zeller’s as a payroll clerk in their head office. It blew me away how great God’s timing always is. Praise Him for His faithfulness.

We set about trying to find our first apartment. Since in Montreal most leases go from July to June, Elaine would live in an apartment by herself and because the lease on my apartment was ending at the end of June and it was not a place we wanted to live, I would move in with my mother until our wedding. We found a place right next door to the church which was great. At the same time I found out that I would be taking over night duties at Teen haven completely. That would mean I’d sleep there, go to work at Zeller’s, go to my mom’s for super and then back to Teen Haven later that night. It was a busy schedule, but I made it through.

Working at Teen Haven was not an easy job. Most of the teens were very troubled. Some had trouble with violence but some just came from broken homes and had been placed there by the courts. It was a place that had been started by Pastor Robert Johnson in the same manner as the Teen Challenge centres that had opened in the states by David Wilkerson. Some of the kids that came out of Teen Haven developed good relationships with God and many are serving Him today.

It was decided that our wedding would be completely bilingual and that it would be dually officiated by 2 pastors. Pastor Ken Bombay would do the English part and Elaine’s youth pastor from her former church would do the French. We would also write our own vows. Initially Elaine wanted her two sisters as bridesmaids, but when they found out that they would have to wear formal dresses they balked. They wanted to wear what they wanted. They didn’t seem to understand how important this day was for us. When we told them they would have to wear what Elaine chose they decided against it. It hurt Elaine, but because she had many friends in the church, it was no problem for her to find others to replace them. I chose for my best man, my best friend from my childhood. I had made a promise to him that I would do so if ever I got married. My brother David and my brother Steve would also stand with me.

The night before our wedding Elaine went and stayed at her mom’s and I went and stayed at the apartment we had found. I remember it was a long night and I couldn’t sleep. Tomorrow was the big day.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 11


 

You thrill me, LORD, with all you have done for me!
       I sing for joy because of what you have done.

 O LORD, what great miracles you do!
       And how deep are your thoughts. Psalm 92:4-5

 

My first date with Elaine was really lunch. She came to meet me at my work and we went across the street. She had a large salad and I had a chicken brochette. We discovered how much we had in common concerning Christian music. We both liked Keith Green and John Michael Talbot as well as so many others. I learned a lot that day about how her dad had manipulated her family. She worked night shift for room service at the Sheraton Hotel downtown, but was uneasy with it as part of her job was taking orders for alcoholic drinks.

I helped her to move into a small apartment that she would share with a friend and we began to spend a lot of time talking on the phone. She would take her bike up to work and many times I would bike up there with her to keep her company. Her English began to improve. It was incredible the number of times we would run into each other on the bus or subway or at a store. We didn’t even live that close to each other and yet there she would be so unexpectedly.

Our friendship began to grow and I began to wonder if she was the one. One day we went to Quebec city for the day. I had never been there. We had a nice picnic on the Plains of Abraham and walked around the old city. It was a beautiful day and one I’ll never forget, yet we were still just good friends who enjoyed each others company.

One day in the fall we went for a walk. Something seemed to be troubling her and I asked her what it was. She said that she was beginning to notice that I liked her much more than as just a friend and that she wasn’t ready for that type of relationship. She said she felt the need to end it now before anyone got hurt. I was hurt and I wondered if I had misjudged things. All that time together doing things. All the time on the phone and all of a sudden cold turkey. I went home and prayed and asked God for His direction. In that still small voice of His, He asked me; "Are you willing to serve me even if you had no one in your life?" At first I really struggled with what I heard. There was a strong desire in me to settle down and have a wife. After a few days struggle this joy entered into my soul and knew without a doubt that God was first in my life and I would do whatever He asked me to do even if it meant being single.

A few days later as I was recording some music, my phone rang. It was Elaine. She and her friend were going to see a Christmas cantata called the Matchstick Girl up at St. James United Church and they had an extra ticket. She was wondering if I would be interested in going. I said that I thought she wanted to end our friendship and she said what she meant was just not see each other as much. So I agreed to go. It was a very well done play. It was a group from a bible collage down in the States that once a year would come up to the city for Christmas. I wish I could tell you the whole story of that cantata, but I can’t remember much about it. Halfway through the presentation, Elaine slipped her hand into mine. We had never held hands before. It was totally unexpected, but very welcome. She whispered into my ear that she was sorry and that she had realized by my absence how much I really meant to her. The rest of the cantata was a blur as my every thought was about the beautiful woman sitting beside me holding my hand. Our relationship after the cantata became very intense and everywhere we went we were holding hands. She moved back in with her mother and it was a good thing to because it would keep us from getting into trouble. God had put me to the test as he had Abraham with his son Isaac.

A funny thing about us men is that we like the challenge of a conquest. It’s in our nature to conquer. Before I came to the Lord, I was always pursuing women. Sometimes I was successful, other times I was not. The less a woman paid attention to me the more I wanted her but once I had that woman my interest in her would wane. It began to happen with Elaine. Her love for me became intense and my interest began to wane. She was so beautiful and everything I ever wanted and yet I found myself wanting to run. I started making excuses not to spend so much time with her. One evening as I was reading the word and the question about Elaine was heavy on my heart, four words jumped out at me. "Do not forsake her." It is from a passage in proverbs concerning wisdom, but for that moment it answered a deep question in my heart followed by a great peace. It was at that moment that I made the decision to love Elaine no matter how I felt. It was also from that moment that I knew she would be my wife.

One of our favourite restaurants was called Mother Tucker’s. Located in an old mansion in the heart of downtown Montreal. Their roast beef and homemade apple pie couldn’t be beaten. In the fall the following year I took her there and we sat in a private booth. I had made my decision and was going all the way. After we ate I took her hand and pulled out a little box I had hidden in my pocket. I told her I loved her and that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. As I showed her the rings and asked her to be my wife, she broke down and cried tears of joy. She said yes!

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 10


 

Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
      Because His compassions fail not. 
      They are new every morning;
      Great is Your faithfulness
. Lamentations 3:22-23

Around the time I started going out with Elaine, My cousin June decided she was moving to British Columbia. We have always been close. She has been more of a sister than a cousin to me. Always willing to listen patiently to my problems. It broke my heart that she had to go.

June and her sister Bonnie were raised by their mom as their dad had abandoned them when they were toddlers. They lived just a few streets away from us in Verdun and were often over at our house. We had some fun times together. Her mom was a Christian as well and they also went to Verdun Pentecostal Church as children. Like myself, June fell away as a teenager from the Lord. Many of my girlfriends were introduced to me through June including one with which I lived with when I was about 19 or 20. That girl had a brother with whom June developed a relationship and got pregnant from. She gave birth to a girl and named her child Sherry.

That guy was a major problem, he was involved in stealing cars and other things and one day he was arrested on suspicion of a series of rapes that had been happening in the city. He was tried and found guilty. June cut off the relationship with him at that point, but still maintained a friendship with another of his sisters named D. Just before I came back to Christ, June had come back as well. This woman also gave her heart to the Lord along with her. D. wanted her brother to know Christ as she really believed that Jesus could change him.

It was set up that I could go and visit Him in Laval maximum security and it was there through the glass I was able to lead Him to the Lord. He became very hungry for Christ and started studying the bible. June decided it would be good to reconcile with Him and they decided to get married. But there was a problem. The federal government would be transferring him to a prison in B.C. June had to make a decision to move. It would be hard as she knew no one there, but she believed it was something she had to do. I was going to miss her greatly and I still do.

While in B.C., A. Became a model prisoner and June and him were wed. Because of his model prisoner status he was given an early parol and he went to live with June. He was doing very well and had a really good job, but one day started acting strange and coming home at strange hours. His job began to suffer as well. It wasn’t too long before the police were at their door and looking for A. Apparently there were a series of rapes going on in that area. He had made the mistake of taking one of the women’s bank cards and going to an ATM to withdraw funds and was caught on video. He was put away again in prison, this time as a dangerous offender with no chance of parole. June had to testify against him and it was one of the most trying times of her life. But it was her faith in God that sustained her. We wanted her to come home, but she really felt God still wanted her in B.C. She is now divorced from this man and has since remarried. She has 2 other daughters and is now a grandmother as well. She has been through so much and yet her faith in Christ has sustained her through everything she has passed through. I thank God for my cousin and yes I still miss her, but there is eternity coming and there will be lots of time for us to spend together.

After June left, God started moving in other areas of my life. He started bringing other family members such as my mom and her boyfriend John. John was a good man. My mom had gone through so much with my dad and had been lonely for quite a while. John was everything my mom needed. He treated my mom like a queen. He was divorced and had 5 children as well, when he moved in with my mom one of his daughters moved in with them. They started coming to church and because of conviction of the Lord they got married.

My brother David was the second oldest of my brothers, me being the oldest. There always seemed to be a rivalry between us. As much as my dad picked on me, it seemed David could do know wrong. David also liked to joke around and had an out going personality, where as I was shy and closed in. It seemed that whenever I had friends they would eventually gravitate towards David. I used to get so angry that many of them would choose David over me. I would also be jealous over some of the girls he would go out with and I would try and compete for them as well.

One evening, I sat down with David and confessed my heart to Him. I told him how I had been so jealous of him when we were younger and I asked him for forgiveness. I couldn’t believe what I saw. Tears began to fall from his eyes. I could tell it was the Holy Spirit touching him. There was one thing about David and that has been that he has always had a sensitive heart. I invited him to church. On that morning I sang There Is a Redeemer by Keith Green and my heart swelled with emotion and pride to see my brother there sitting in the congregation. After the message Pastor Ken Bombay gave an alter call and my brother Dave was the first one up there. It was a glorious day. God had brought family into the church to replace what I had lost in my cousin June.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 9


O LORD, you are my God;
       I will exalt you and praise your name,
       for in perfect faithfulness
       you have done marvelous things,
       things planned long ago.
Isaiah 25:1

Elaine was born in Hull, Quebec, the second youngest of 5 children. The oldest was Gilbert, then came Celine, Julie, Elaine and Denis. Her parents were well known leaders in a Transcendental Meditation cult that had sprung up here in Quebec and had written a few books on the subject. Her dad also dabbled in the occult as well.

Her early years were chaotic as they moved around a lot and because of some kind of scam her parents got in trouble with the law. They were fugitives for a while travelling around the States. At one point they left their children in a transcendental meditation camp in Vermont. Eventually the parents were caught and Elaine and her siblings were put in a convent while their parents served time in jail for their offences. I never really found out what it was for as Monique never wanted to talk about those times and Elaine knew very little about what the reasons were. After they came out of prison and recovered their children, they declared bankruptcy and her dad got a job as a printer and her mom as a school teacher.

When she was about eight years old she was crossing the street and was hit by a city bus. She was thrown across the street and landing on top of another vehicle. She miraculously survived with a concussion and a leg injury. God’s hand protected her that day.

As a young teenager, Elaine would often get herself into trouble at school and often found her self at the principal’s office. But at the age of 14 she started having questions about her life and her future. She saw many of her friends turning to drugs and alcohol. One evening she was at a party with a guy who was much older than her and drugs were being passed around. She decided that evening that this was not the lifestyle she wanted and went home.

Unbeknownst to their parents, her two older sisters had been attending a church. One day they invited Elaine to come along. Elaine says she didn’t understand much of the message that was given that day, but when the altar call was made she responded and found herself up at the front. She kept hearing someone behind her saying "Touch her, touch her." As one of her sisters was standing directly in front of her, she assumed that the person was wanting Elaine to reach out and touch her sister. She didn’t realize at the time that the person was actually praying that God would touch Elaine. She closed her eyes and God’s spirit moved upon her. She saw a light and the light said to her; "Today you are my disciple." She didn’t even know what a disciple was and the whole idea of Christianity was foreign to her. Other than her contact with the nuns at the convent she knew nothing. She just knew that on that day something happened to her. She was changed and hungered to know more.

When her parents found out that she had accepted Christ as her Lord and that she and her sisters had been attending a church, they flipped. They forbade them to go back anymore. But that didn’t stop the Lord from reaching out to Elaine. The youth pastor from the church she had gone to would go and see her at her school and teach her about the bible. She began to grow and would spend hours in her room reading the bible. At school the changes were very significant as well and she went from being a trouble maker to someone who loved to witness about Jesus to her schoolmates. She won many of them to the Lord in her last year of High school. Unfortunately her sisters didn’t continue on with the Lord and chose to go back out into the world because the relationships with their boyfriends.

Her parent’s marriage began to fail and it was found out that her dad was seeing another woman. Monique, Elaine’s mom decided to separate from her husband and found a flat in LaSalle. Only Elaine and Denis were living at home at the time and they both moved with her. It was in the pain of betrayal by her husband that Elaine was able to reach out to her mom and Christ entered in. They decided that Trinity would be a good church for her to attend as it was close to home. Monique had a sister that was a nun who had a very sincere relationship with Christ. I believe that it was because of that woman’s prayers that Elaine and Monique came to the Lord.

In our New Beginnings class at church, Monique would often speak about her daughter and how Elaine was teaching her so much. How thankful she was to have a daughter like her. Elaine was attending a church in Terrebonne which is north east of Montreal, but was finding the travel hard. One day she felt God was telling her she needed to learn English and so eventually she joined her mom at Trinity. It was 1982. Elaine was 19 and I was 26 when we met. There was a 7 and a half year difference between us. Because of our street witnessing team, I got to talk to her often. One evening I got up the courage and decided to ask this beautiful woman out on a date. I was pleasantly surprised when she said yes. I went home that night walking on air.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 8


In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

In my early walk with Christ there was a few circumstances that brought me to a crisis. When I came to the Lord a friend of my cousin’s came to know Him at the same time. I had lived with this woman’s sister when I was 19 so I knew her to a certain extent. We became quite good friends and would do many things together and it was her that suggested I use my voice for the Lord. I began to have feelings for her. I was 26 and wanted to settle down. Unfortunately she didn’t have the same feelings for me and she felt uncomfortable with the fact I had, had a relationship with her sister. She also had decided to see a non-believer as well. My heart was broken over it.

I had also made another friend who I had thought was quite mature in the Lord. I looked up to him and we would go street witnessing. One day his mind just snapped. I don’t know what it was that caused it as his parents never told us. I got a phone call one day that he had gone behind the University of Quebec and had hung himself. Is he in heaven? I don’t know. If his mind was gone I don’t believe God would hold him responsible for his actions. I guess I’ll find out when I get there. At that moment I was missing this friend terribly and the whole thing confused me.

And then I found out that the man that I looked up to most musically, Keith Green, had died in a plan crash. Never in my life had someone’s music affected me as much as his had. He was a prophet and way ahead of his time musically. I listen to his music today and I can’t believe it came from the late seventies and early eighties. I love the music the God inspired this man to write.

With these three things weighing heavily on my heart and mind I came home to my apartment one Sunday afternoon, sat in my chair and had a pity party. I wept and complained to God. My heart was broken. Suddenly this awesome presence filled my room. When God makes His presence known, you have no choice but to either bow or fall to your face. He doesn’t force you but His awesomeness, His majesty is so overwhelming you can’t help but put your face to the ground. My head went down between my knees and I began to sweat and tremble. He was looking at me and saw right through me. Everything in my life was laid bare. Nothing was hidden from Him. He knew my every thought. I could see that I had no excuses for the way I was acting. I was terrified in His presence as I knew I was a sinner and it was only because of the blood of Jesus that I could be there and yet I could feel His great love for me. A love that went way beyond anything I had ever felt or experienced before. His peace flooded my soul and I was changed even more that day. He was about to change the direction of my life.

One day as I was sitting in the sanctuary waiting for a service to begin, I saw this beautiful woman. She was the most beautiful I had ever seen in my life. She had long thick brown hair that went down past her waist and beautiful big green eyes. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I was looking at an angel.

When we came to the Lord they started us in these new believers classes and it was in that class that I met Monique. Monique had been in a transcendental meditation cult and had just recently been brought to the Lord by her daughter. One day Monique introduced me to her daughter Elaine. It was the angel.

Elaine had just started coming to Trinity and could hardly speak any English but was determined to learn it. She had been going to a French church in Laval but lived in Lasalle where Trinity was. When her mom came to the Lord it was decided that they would look for a church in Lasalle, preferably English.

Another one of Monique’s daughters was dying of throat cancer and she had asked Pastor Johnson and the elders to pray for her. Celine was near death and was brought into the church on a stretcher. They said she only had a couple of weeks left to live and the doctors had done all they could. She was so thin and you could see how near death she was. As they prayed for her I felt that same great and awesome presence fill the place. From the depths of my soul I was praying for God to heal her. She was completely healed that day. The doctors couldn’t explain it. The cancer had completely disappeared and it has never returned. She also now has 3 healthy children which the doctors also said she would never have.

I was part of the street ministry. We would go and hand out tracts at shopping malls and on the streets. One day Elaine joined and started going out with us. I had a chance to sit down and have a coffee with her and the group afterwards. As I sat at the table across from her I was captivated by her beauty and her graceful mannerisms. She really wanted to learn English but at the moment it was very fractured and because I didn’t speak French very well it was a strange first conversation. But it was clear I had made a friend. It went through my mind what if she is the one. Nah I said, she is too beautiful and I was eight years older than her, but I couldn’t take my eyes off her.

One night the youth choral director and I went out for a meal together and he asked me of all the female acquaintances I had, who would I like most to develop a relationship with and eventually marry? I told him Elaine. My life was about to change big time.

 

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The Way of a Fool – Part 7


Come, let us sing to the LORD!
       Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation!

    Let us come before him with thanksgiving.
       Let us sing him psalms of praise.

    For the LORD is a great God,
       the great King above all gods.

    He owns the depths of the earth,
       and even the mightiest mountains are his.

   The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
       His hands formed the dry land, too.

   Come, let us worship and bow down.
       Let us kneel before the LORD our maker,

   For he is our God. We are the people he watches over,
       the sheep under his care. Oh, that you would listen to his voice today!
Psalm 95:1-7

 

I always wanted to sing. It was in me. My dad was a singer with a rich voice. He was a crooner like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. So I inherited a good set of pipes as well.

I used to listen to the radio a lot singing all the songs and when my cousin June would come over we would pretend that we were singers singing into broomsticks My dad had an album by this new singer called Tom Jones that I would play over and over. I had the words to every song on that album down pat and could sing them from memory.

As I grew into my teenage years my interest in music began to grow even more. I discovered FM music which in the 70’s was very experimental and commercial free. My first 2 albums that I got for Christmas when I was about 15 were Led Zeppelin III and The Guess Who’s Share the Land. I wore out those albums playing them over and over. Led Zeppelin went on to become my favourite band. To me the music of the late 60’s and 70’s was some of the best stuff ever written. It was raw. The music today has lost something and it no longer has that edge. There is so many technical ways today to make a singer or a band sound better than they really are. They didn’t have that then and so the musicians tended to be of better quality.

After I graduated highschool and started working I started going to many concerts downtown at the old Montreal Forum. I remember waiting in line for Led Zeppelin tickets for 4 hours, but it was worth the wait as I walked away with 4 tickets to in my opinion then the greatest band on the face of the earth. All other bands paled compared to them. Their show was something I will never forget. I wanted so much to be like Robert Plant the lead singer.

I must have gone to a least 60 to 70 and had a record collection of over 500 albums. That’s how much I loved music. I loved just about every style that was out there at the time with the exception of some kinds of jazz, opera and reggae. But when I came to Christ, I had to let go of all that. Music had become my god and groups like Led Zeppelin and Genesis were it’s high priests. When I came to the Lord I had to let it all go. One thing that really disturbed me was finding out that Jimmy Page the guitarist and main song writer for Led Zeppelin got a lot of his inspiration from Alister Crowley, a big time satanist. It was time let go of that music.

My brother Gary had left an album by a man called Keith Green at my house and it had sat there for over a year. Not once did I listen to it until the day I came back to Christ. When I put that album on it seemed that on every song that man was singing to me. His songs touched me deeply and I began to ask my brother for more like Him. I had to get rid of my old record collection and start a new one. I couldn’t even put on the other music anymore. It seemed so empty and meaningless, whereas the Christian music had meaning and was full of hope and life.

I began to sing all the songs we would learn in church. Where ever I would go I would be singing. I loved to sing the new songs God had put in my heart. It was because of my singing all the time that my friend suggested that God was calling me into music ministry. The confirmation was when the director of the youth choral asked me to join without me asking him.

After Pastor Johnson left and Pastor Ken Bombay took over there were some changes that took place in the church. The director of the youth choral stepped down and a woman took his place. Now when I say youth choral, it really wasn’t as the ages of the people were between 17 to 26. The new director decided we should give ourselves a name and we came up with Living Fire. I had a great time singing with that group and singing with the church choir. It was through the experience with these groups that I learned how to sing harmony. It almost came naturally as if it had always been there. If you know me you know I can’t read notes, but I can pick up a melody and the harmony almost immediately. I thank God for building that in me.

The first time I ever sang solo was on a Wednesday evening. I was so nervous I felt like I was going to throw up. I hated standing in front of people, but I knew this was what God wanted me to do so I persevered. Pastor Ken Bombay loves to play the piano and he can pick up any tune given to him within a matter of minutes. He is another that can’t read notes, but boy when he sits down at the piano and plays, such an anointing comes into the place. The song I had chosen was "Oh Lord You’re Beautiful by Keith Green. I sang it to Pastor Ken before the service and he picked it up no problem. When I got up, I felt so week, I felt like my knees were going to buckle and I was going to fall. As Pastor Ken began to play I sang and God’s presence surrounded me like a warm blanket. Pastor Ken had me sing it again and after I went and sat down, he continued to play the melody on the piano. God’s presence filled the sanctuary like I had never felt before. Many people fell to there knees and many were weeping and just loving God. It went on like that for an hour and a half. We never got to that night’s bible study. God just wanted to minister to His children.

 

Oh Lord, you’re beautiful,

Your face is all I seek,

For when your eyes are on this child,

Your grace abounds to me.

I want to take your word and shine it all around.

But first help me to just, live it Lord.

And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.

For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, please light the fire,

That once burned bright and clear.

Replace the lamp of my first love,

That burns with Holy fear.

 

I want to take your word and shine it all around.

But first help me to just, live it Lord.

And when I’m doing well, help me to never seek a crown.

For my reward is giving glory to you.

Oh Lord, you’re beautiful,

Your face is all I seek,

For when your eyes are on this child,

Your grace abounds to me.

 

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