What happens when we experience a very hurtful loss and then how we breakthrough to find opportunities that God can provide through that loss.
Whether it's been the loss of a loved one, a job, a pet or even a future dream cut short. Everyone deals with some kind of loss at some time in their lives.
Today, we speak to Wayne Pederson, who teaches us that how we handle our losses determine the difference between prolonged pain and resentment or discovering new opportunities and freedom.
Wayne started his career in 1967. He was an announcer on KTIS in Minneapolis. He's the producer of a number of shows on the one of the first satellite shows in the country. He served on the board of the National Religious Broadcaster. He's on a number of boards and committees
In this episode, you'll hear...
Grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota
At age 19, Wayne lost his mom to cancer
This major loss taught him about the unexpected left turns that happen in life
-How to prepare for the unexpected...06:50
Lutheran church community, Godly peers and spiritual elders got him through
We don't always do our children a service when we protect them from trials and loss and challenges
Children and young adults today, during the pandemic
No graduations, no proms, no championship football games, working from home with a computer screen, the isolation
The students with support group have survived and even thrived, but the students that did not have a support group have suffered monumentally
-Wayne talks about the loss of his wife, Norma...10:45
Last 2 years of her life, they grew even closer as they walked through cancer together
"Remember wherever God leads you, I'm with you"
Key components to strong, healthy marriage:
Friends before romance
Same church community
Strong desire to serve the Lord anytime, everywhere
May 2013 - swollen tummy after Indonesia and Malaysia
Stage 3 Ovarian cancer
3 days later, surgery + 3.5 months radiation and chemo
Was doing very well after this and then one day realized she was gaining weight but not eating
Cancer came back more aggressively than anything the doctor had ever seen
Next day = surgery
6-12 months to live
Norma died in 17 days :( April 3, 2014
700 people came to St. Paul for the funeral
When she died, it was such a beautiful, christian moment
The presence of her spirit lingered in that room for minutes and then all of the sudden Norma wasn't there anymore
Gods presence has never been so real for me as it was in the loneliness I was in after Norma's passing
"When the worst thing that can happen to you, happens, God is very near"
-Wayne's faith journey...19:25
Hard working farm boy and 'good ol church boy' when he was at church
He was a rascal during high school
Went to bible camp and witnessed a girl coming to Christ
God spoke to his inner spirit: "Wayne, I want to use you to share the good news of Jesus Christ with religious people that don't know me personally"
Turned from seeking self and pleasure to paying attention to what God had for me
C.S. Lewis: Do we really believe what we say we believe...?
-Questioning God after loss...23:35
Of course you're going to ask "Why," but realizing that Norma was in heaven with Jesus instead of here in pain was a gift
-How Willie entered into Wayne's life...26:00
Willie, Norma and Wayne met in Africa in 2010, they were friends in the same church group
Never imagined they'd be married one day, but God miraculously brought them together
Willing was a donor to HCAB radio
Sept 14: Norma and Wayne's wedding anniversary
Sept 14: Text message from Willie and invited Willie for a hike, shares her cancer story and immediate deep emotional and spiritual connection
"She drove home thanking God for introducing her to her husband"
-How to deal with the loss of a job...29:20
KTIS for 34 years and thought he'd retire there
Executive committee on NRB to President of NRB...