A few reasons I love Elisabeth Elliot.
I love her because she hits the nail on the head.
Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that?
And she says some of the hardest things....with a joyful lilt.
And sometimes I can read them and be all 'right on, sister'...
and sometimes they make me cringe because after all these years....I still don't like to suffer.
We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.
She has a clear and simple way to communicate the very hardest spiritual concepts.
If my life is surrendered to God, all is well. Let me not grab it back, as though it were in peril in His hand but would be safer in mine!
If you don't know already know Elisabeth you can read her newsletters at her website and you can read transcripts of her radio show 'Gateway to Joy'. There is also a list of books and tapes for purchase.
Steph said in the comments that Elisabeth needs our prayers.
I will be praying for her.
God bless you Elisabeth, you have been there with such true wisdom for me.
Always pointing to Christ.
I love you for that.
Encourage one another,