Suggested Reading: 2 Kings 18
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Key Verse: 2 Kings 18:5
“He trusted in the Lord God of Israel, so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any who were before him.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, please hear my prayer when I ask for Your help in making the right decisions for my life and for my testimony to others. Thank You that I can change from the past, moving into a glorious future because of Jesus, Your Son and my Saviour and Lord, in whose Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Two days ago the life of Elijah Harper was celebrated in a memorial service in Winnipeg. Elijah was a First Nations leader who made great decisions. As the son of a Pastor in Red Sucker Lake, Manitoba, Elijah gave his life to Christ. I had the honour of ministering there for a week with his dad, Rev. Allan B. Harper.
As a Manitoba Member of the Legislature, and a Cabinet Member, Elijah stopped what is known as the Meech Lake Accord, an effort to bring Quebec into the Canadian Constitution, because of the failure to recognize the fact that God put the native people on this land long before the Europeans arrived. He took this fame and called, “The Sacred Assembly,” a prayer gathering in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa which was attended by the Prime Minister at the time, the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien. This event began the movement which eventually resulted in the present Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, asking, on behalf of the government of Canada and its people, for the forgiveness of the Aboriginal Peoples for all the injustices they had suffered. Elijah had gone on to become a Liberal party member of the Canadian Parliament for Churchill, but at the time of the apology was once again a private citizen. He spotted Norma-Jean and me sitting near him in the balcony of the House of Commons as the Prime Minister, with the approval of all the Members, asked forgiveness. As soon as adjournment was announced, Elijah rushed over to us, taking me by the hand with a strong grip, and leading us down to the floor of the House of Commons and then to the bench in front of the Speaker’s Chair. He pulled me down to my knees with him and began to pray with a loud voice approximately the following: “I declare that this bench is Your Altar, Lord God. Please Lord Jesus, receive this act of repentance by the Prime Minister, the Government and this House of Commons.” I was weeping profusely.
Over the years I spent much time with Elijah. He’s visited in our home, and I’ve visited in his home in Ottawa. Thank you, Elijah, for being a man of the stature of King Hezekiah. You have changed Canada! By the grace of The Great Creator, I expect to see you again soon.
Yours for God-inspired decisions which make positive changes in our lives and in the lives of others,
P.S. Here’s a clip from yesterday’s 100 Huntley Street program where my son Ron interviewed me about the passing of Elijah Harper. It includes a clip of Elijah addressing the Sacred Assembly in 1995, as well as a portion of Prime Minister Harper’s apology in 2008.