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Fran


This Month's Message

TRANSFORMED!
By Fran Caffey Sandin

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5: 17 NASB).

Humpback whales cavorting in a feeding frenzy, soaring bald eagles, a brown bear with two cubs climbing on the shoreline rocks were among the wildlife sightings on our recent Alaska Dream Cruise. Our small ship with 40 passengers sailing from Ketchikan to Sitka stopped for a brief tour of Thorne Bay. The small town of 473 currently features seasonal residents plus those employed in the Forest Service and public education. Our tour guide explained its colorful history.

In the 1960’s and 1970’s it was the largest logging camp in North America and boasted 1500 residents at its peak. During that time, the city outgrew the sanitation plant from the early days so they built a new one. The city wanted to sell the old site. Some adventurous members of a local church decided the location was great for the right price, so they bid on the property and won. Today, the lovely Church at Thorne Bay is a beacon of light overlaying an old sewage dump. Isn’t that a perfect picture of what Jesus does for us when His blood covers our sins? Thinking about the comparison just made me smile. Jesus covered the stench of our sin with the beautiful fragrance of his holiness. Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Then during our trip my husband and I met Roxy, a lovely, vivacious brunette who had majored in media and communications in college anticipating moving to Hollywood and becoming an actress. She did. Her eyes sparkled as she related a life-changing encounter. On a movie set, she met a couple who asked two simple questions, “Do you believe the Bible? Do you believe Jesus is who He said He is?” Startled at first, she began meditating about the questions. In younger years she attended church but had never seriously considered the claims of Jesus. She enjoyed the social gatherings but never really knew Jesus in her heart. After meeting the couple she began reading her Bible, confessing her sins, and received Jesus as her personal Savior. She asked Him to help her start a new life. Acknowledging her anger and a controlling spirit, she contemplated the words of Jesus and began to change. She had a desire to serve others, rather than to be served. As a result she sold or gave away most of her belongings and moved to Alaska to work at a B&B. Unfortunately that lasted only a short time.

She then prayed and asked the Lord. “What do I do now?” His promptings led her to a rather large and beautiful house. Her heart raced as she approached, took a deep breath, and rang the doorbell. Thankfully, a kind woman opened the door, and when Roxy explained that she was searching for work, the lady, also a believer, invited her in. Roxy did not know the lady was a member of the Alaska Dream Cruise line’s founding family.(But God did). After their conversation, she offered Roxy a job as an on-board steward—to serve meals, clean rooms, and do other chores. Roxy left that day with a sigh of relief and a spring in her step. She had obeyed God’s nudges and He provided. She is excited and happy for me to write her story because she wants to share her joy. In her own words, “I have been transformed”!

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for your Holy Spirit’s power to renew us to become more like Jesus. Thank you that our old thoughts, ways, and habits will turn around when we take His words seriously and apply them to our lives In Jesus’ name, Amen,