Humility found in the remotest of places

Tahltan Nation

Heroes and villains, good and evil, righteous and the unrighteous.. these are the plumb-line most often utilized to decide who God is for and who he is against. Yet Psalm 37 and much of life’s experience turns this ideal upside down. “Why do the wicked prosper?” the psalmist questions in his distress.

We often feel the mission of justice is to render good and evil to their rightful corners. Yet James says “God is close to the humble and resists the proud”. There are many scriptures and much of life’s experiences that show that the plumb-line is not just good and evil but rather the proud and the humble. There are many a “bad” person that God comes close to and many a “good” person he is far from. It is at times distressing and confusing. Yet it is only confusing when we have the wrong lens on God’s invitation to humanity.

The story of the gospel is about humility. My friend Gordie who had a close encounter with the power of humility shares a recent amazing true story…. Todd

Visiting Grand Chief of the Carrier-Sekani First Nations, Linda Prince, leaned to me and said, “Brother, before we have communion, there are believers who need to go to each other and ask for forgiveness for there is deep division between them in this community.”

This was Sunday, July 3,2011 at our final meeting in Lower Post a few weeks ago. Courageous person that I am, I asked if she would be willing to share this. She agreed, but before she could, an ‘interruption’ occurred.

I had been teaching on Joseph, that his greatest gift to his brothers was that he had offered them a safe place for repentance, something our communities so deeply need. Steven Jakesta, a Kaska leader raised his hand and asked if he could share something. He came up and confessed that he had taken actions and supported decisions that were deeply hurtful to the Tahltan people who lived in Lower Post, imposed by the land claim process.

He began to weep intensely.

Many Tahltan people in the audience came forward and embraced him with grace and forgiveness. The floodgates opened and what was meant to be a 2 hour service, well, four hours later, the river was still flowing.

It felt like heaven touched earth. The Kaska and Tahltan people served each other communion, wept and embraced.

Marilyn Miller, one of the Kaska leaders, visited our church on July the 10, and testified that no one can comprehend what God did in that gathering. People who had not spoken to each other in years were hugging and weeping tears of repentance, forgiveness and reconciliation.

What a historic moment – Lower Post will never be the same! God did it. It was such an honor for our team from VEV (Vancouver Eastside Vineyard) to bear witness to this event, and we sense that we have entered into a new era of God’s working among northern First Nations. This was one of many stories and encounters we had on our recent trip to Lower Post.

Thanks to everyone who prayed for us and partnered with us. A special thank you to Greg and Marilyn and the Burns Lake Vineyard and their generous hospitality to us, both on the way up and on our return trip – and buying our team a meal! You truly blessed and refreshed us. Also, big thanks to Gary and Lisa and the Abbotsford Vineyard for the generous donation of winter boots that were handed out to the children of Lower Post – they were a huge hit.

Please pray with and for us as we seek God’s council on the next step for us as a church community in our journey of walking together with them.

With gratitude,
Gordie Lagore

~ by blueporch on July 27, 2011.

One Response to “Humility found in the remotest of places”

  1. I love it Gordie…before we can initiate something, the Holy Spirit is waaaay ahead of us, preparing a rich time of ‘becoming friends again’…what a treat to be able to simply ‘be there’ during that, seeing the kingdom in action…what a great reward for your faithfulness in sharing in life with the people of Lower Post

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