Karen Stutrud, 63, of Oregonia, Ohio was called home on September 17, 2019 while traveling to comfort a friend’s loss. While driving northbound on I-71 toward Columbus, a southbound truck lost control and crossed over into the northbound lanes. Karen and the driver of a northbound truck both lost their earthly lives at that instant.
Karen faithfully served the Northern Lights Emmaus Community and countless others for many years. She shared the love of Jesus in many wonderful ways with a humble servant’s heart. She is greatly loved.
Gracious and loving God, we do not have the words to speak at this moment. We are filled with many emotions at the sad news of our dear sister Karen’s passing. Thank you for our Advocate the Holy Spirit Who lifts our prayers to you when human speech fails us. Comfort Karen’s family, her church community and all those who mourn with us today. We thank you for Karen’s life and the ways in which she generously shared her gifts to further your Kingdom especially through the Emmaus community. We praise you that this is not the end of Karen’s story but a new beginning for all eternity with You in heaven. Even as we grieve, we celebrate that Karen was welcomed into Your loving arms with the words; “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”
We pray all of this in the Name that is above all names Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Father we thank You in Jesus’ Name for the blessed memories of Karen as we look forward to seeing her again with You in Paradise. May the Peace, Love, Comfort and Assurance of Jesus Christ fill all the loved ones in a special way in Jesus.
James 14:14 whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
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Northern Lights Emmaus
The Gospel of Luke tells the story of the resurrected Christ appearing to two men walking on the road between Jerusalem and the small town of Emmaus. The two were discussing the events of the last few days when a stranger joined them. He explained to them the scriptures and how it was ordained that the Christ would suffer before entering his glory. The two enjoyed his company so much that when they reached their destination they asked him to join them for supper. He agreed. When he took the bread, he blessed it and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him as the risen Christ and he disappeared from their sight. Overjoyed, they rushed back to Jerusalem to tell the others. (Luke 24:13-35)
This story provides the background for the Emmaus Weekend, a program sponsored by the Upper Room. The Emmaus brochure puts it best: “The Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience which takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a highly structured weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, congregations and the world in which they live. Emmaus is a combined effort of laity and clergy toward the renewal of the church.”
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