Today was a momentous and emotional service at City Bible Church, honoring the life and ministry of Pastor Jack Louman, an integral part of our congregation for forty years. For the past two years, Jack has lived the unexpected, life-altering challenge of ALS. Always energetic and athletic, he has met the increasing restrictions of the disease with grace and courage. Jack and Libby walk through the daily difficulties of illness with hope, humor, and faith, while maintaining a constant belief in God’s power to heal.
Those who have been involved with their life during this season have been constantly blessed. During our visits with Jack & Libby, instead of talking about his own challenges, Jack’s focus was outward, wanting to know specific details about the Mill Plain (Vancouver) campus, as well as our family. Anyone who has the privilege of spending time with them leaves feeling that they gained more than they gave in the encounter.
Jack’s heart came through clearly in the taped interview in today’s service. Regarding the question of suffering, he said “Life is not a puzzle to be solved, but a mystery to be lived by faith.” To thrive in the middle of challenges, Jack said it was necessary to “find righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, one day, one hour, one thought at a time.”
One of Jack’s consistent reminders was the profound thought that “We are not natural beings having a temporary spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a temporary natural experience.”
Jack’s life continues to impact others in countless ways. Ephesians 3:20 will always be “Jack’s” scripture, indelibly impressed in our minds, encouraging us to trust our lives “to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
We love you, Jack & Libby. You are true heroes in God’s Kingdom.