A Transgender, a Praying Sister, A True Neighbor, and the Community of God’s People
A Transgender, a Praying Sister, A True Neighbor, and the Community of God’s people.
A long title, I know. . .but each one a part of an amazing story of God’s grace.
This past Sunday, several of us gathered for a Memorial Service to remember Melanie Berger who passed away on Monday Nov. 30th. Melanie started participating at Sovereign Grace Church gradually over the past eighteen months with a story that began much earlier.
Melanie came into this world as Howard Berger. After years of struggling through significant identity challenges, transitioned from male to female and finished her time on earth as “Melanie.” When I had heard that Melanie had recently looked to Christ for her identity, it couldn’t have been better news (definitely the best news of 2020!).
During the Memorial Service, the story of God’s grace began to unfold as different individuals shared their encounters and experiences with Melanie. It began with her sister Glee, who spoke of praying for her brother for many years and not until after Melanie’s death, knew she had become a Christian. Next came Chris and Michelle Morton, Melanie’s neighbors who began a friendship with her some ten years ago. More recently Melanie began attending Sovereign Grace Church, beginning with the Community Group that Jeff Treloar leads.
God used each of these people in His wonderful plan of grace in Melanie’s life. A praying sister, a true neighbor, and the community of God’s people; an amazing story of how God’s sovereign grace can use and encompass all of our efforts to save the lost. The result: one more soul now with the Lord, free from all the bondages of sin, in the presence of the Lord, completely secure in the love of God. Praise God!
Here is a link to the video of the Memorial Service for Melanie Berger: https://my.pcloud.com/publink/show?code=XZprx4XZTRsPlOWLRhSi5H1BcGBh0QVNFqp7