Yesterday morning a great lady passed through the gates of splendor to spend eternity with her Savior. Elisabeth Elliot inspired thousands of Christian women in her lifetime.
From everything I’ve read about her, she was an unassuming woman. Her desire was to love the Lord and love people, and she spent a decades doing just that.
Perhaps the greatest thing the world can learn from Elisabeth’s life is the power of forgiveness. Her first husband, Jim, and five other missionaries were brutally murdered at the hands of the Ecuadoran Indians that they were trying to help. As a young widow, Elisabeth returned to Ecuador and became friends with two of the women from the tribe. Despite her loss, Elisabeth forgave those women and loved them. She knew that those Indians needed Jesus just as much as she did, and she wasn’t willing to stop until they’d heard the truth of the Gospel.
Hearing of her death left me with an empty spot in my heart. I didn’t know her in real life, but I knew her through her writings. The world is definitely less for the loss of Elisabeth.
“The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian makes me a different kind of woman.”