It is with such sadness, (but for her, her greatest joy) that I received the news that one of the most influential and godly woman of our generation has left this earth behind, and entered through the gates of splendor to behold her loving Savior, Jesus Christ.
Elisabeth Elliot passed on into glory at 6:15 AM, June 15, 2015.
As I was a young woman, wife, and mother in the late 80’s and 90’s, she was a huge influence in my life. Her living example of courageous faith, despite hardships and grave losses, her steadfastness in diligently following God, and her timeless teaching will be things I especially remember most about her. I was privileged to hear her teach at a women’s retreat and her inspirational books such as, Passion and Purity, Through the Gates of Splendor, and The Shaping of a Christian Family, are just a few that helped shape me in my walk with Christ. She was a woman of faith who used all her experiences as a daughter, wife, mother, pioneer, and missionary to always point others to follow and serve God with reckless abandon.
Elisabeth’s husband, Lars Gren, said his late wife had been battling dementia (for the last 10 years). He lovingly commented, “She handled her mental decline with the same aplomb as the deaths of her first two spouses.She accepted those things, [knowing] they were no surprise to God. It was something she would rather not have experienced, but she received it.”
My heart shares in the same sentiment of Kay Warren when she said,
“Elisabeth, thank you for shaping me into the woman I am, for modeling for me what it looks like to follow hard after Jesus, for never walking away from God in your darkest days and for holding true to your faith to the end. Thank you on behalf of millions of other women – young and old – who found in you a woman worthy to emulate.”
Also below, a beautiful tribute by Nancy Leigh DeMoss: She Trusted and She Obeyed
Elisabeth Elliot your legacy lives on…