When Your Personal Doomsday Has Already Happened…

Much has been made this week in the media of the doomsday predictions for May 21, 2011.  To counteract the fear and gloom, here is a word of hope–a word of resurrection–from someone who has suffered greatly.  Renee Splichal Larson was on a mission trip to Haiti with her husband Ben, both students at Wartburg Seminary in Iowa, during the devasting earthquake on January 12, 2010.  Renee and the other student, Ben’s cousin, survived the building collapse. 

Ben did not. 

Renee was widowed in her mid-twenties. 

Here’s a recent video of Renee.

In the video, Renee talks about how God and others turned her OUT of her inward suffering, to the world that needs her witness.  This is a marvelous example of our Lutheran Christian response to doomsday predictions; continuing the work of serving our neighbor, with no fear, just deep faith…until Christ comes again.

God of resurrection, turn fearful hearts into faithful ones.  Make us confident in your promises.  Amen.

2 Responses

  1. Thank you for guiding readers to words of comfort and hope. Renee has experienced REAL trauma in life, we can confidently listen to her witness in faith. No fear, just deep faith – I love it!

  2. Agreed! It’s just been one year and Renee has such a poised, honest and powerful witness. I am in awe of God’s Holy Spirit. And I am so grateful that the world has many, many Renees. I guess it depends on what signs we’re looking to.

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