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Our Stories

Telling our own stories
is a key element
in sharing our faith
with others.
Listen in as some
of our ELCIC members
describe their faith
journeys. Parts of
some of these stories
are featured in the
2005 Annual Report


Faith Journeys: Iris Veinotte

It took doubt to lead me to a deep faith.

During a study period at school in grade 11, I was doing homework that consisted of answering questions about mythology. It occurred to me that had I lived in Greece or Rome way back then, I likely would believe in gods and goddesses. Would there be a girl some day in the future thinking the same concerning my faith?

What to do? I decided that since I had always prayed, I would continue to do so with an added request: "If you are God, please let me know."

Four years later I awoke with a start. I was so afraid that I was in shock and woke my husband. I had had a vision! In this vision my sister and I came out from service at the Anglican church next door, and made our way to the Lutheran church. Standing in the corner made where the church narrows for the chancel, we stood looking up at the beautiful summer sky. We began singing the last hymn from the service, "Just As I Am."

All of a sudden a large square hole opened in the sky in front of us. I tried to alert my sister, but the scene was too overwhelming. This black opening had tremendous depth. As we finished singing "just as…," an overpowering voice came from the black opening finishing the line with "I am".

I have taken that vision to be an answer to my prayer. I have no doubt that our God is the God of the Bible, the great I Am.

I have never doubted since. My only regret is that I needed such an awakening when others can simply accept. God knows what it takes for each one of us.

-- Iris Veinotte
St. Matthew's, Newburne, Nova Scotia

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