Terry Johnson - Third Speaker at Gordon Winkler's Memorial Service - Saskatoon - Friday, September 9, 2011

1 Kings 19 and 2 Kings 2, two servants walking together, Elijah and Elisha. I’ve been thinking of this mantle we read of. In 1 Kings, Elijah threw his mantle down. Elisha said, "Wait, I’m going to say goodbye and get rid of some things and we will walk together."

In 2 Kings, Elijah was walking to his death. When he was taken, there was something left – the mantle. Verse 13, Elisha took the mantle. What has been on my heart is the weight of the mantle.

I am thankful for days with Gordon. It is not natural that someone 30 and someone in their 80s would have something in common. I knew Gordon loved me.

Elijah was trying to put something on Elisha that would help give him power. Gordon wanted to put things within me that would help me love this place in the work. I’m glad for the things we heard that Gordon did in his life [the obituary, written by his sister], but those things don’t matter to Gordon any more.

This mantle is passed on.

I think of Gordon telling me of a time he wanted to help someone. His help was not wanted. A relationship wasn’t what it should be.

Who’s going to care for the sheep? Who’s going to love the friends? Who’s going to do the work of the gospel?

We don’t have to look at the mantle on the ground. There is power in taking the mantle. Elisha smote the water and it opened. The mantle gave him power to do what he couldn’t do before.


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