Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
On Sunday evening, 15 April, a good friend and fellow soldier of the cross, BGen (Ret’d) Larry Lashkevich passed into the presence of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Larry had suffered a major stroke in February from which he was not able to recover. Larry was an exemplary individual whose love for Jesus energized him in his life of service in the name of Christ. Larry had been an influential force within the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada for most of his military career and served for many years in its primary leadership role. Larry, was always, no matter what the circumstances, an encourager. Consistently, he provided encouragement to those he led, with whom he worked and to those who served Jesus by serving the military community. I will best remember Larry for his joy, his insight and his untiring devotion to Christ and his family. Larry was a big man, whose heart for Jesus was even bigger. His passing leaves a hole in my heart and the hearts of many across the military community, not only in Canada, but internationally. While, Larry’s passing is difficult for those who remain behind, the mission that he served has not ceased and we are called to press on to take hold of that which Christ has called us to.
I ask that you all join me in offering prayer of thanksgiving, praise and intercession:
“Abba, Father; we thank You that Larry’s earthly suffering has concluded and that He is now with You. You blessed us with Your presence and work in and through Larry and we are all better servants because of His example of leadership and discipleship. Lord, we appeal to You, to pour Your mercy and grace over his family and friends. You know the pain and the loss that they are all feeling, so we ask You Lord to manifest Your presence tangibly in our lives that we may know the peace that passes understanding and that we may have uncommon strength to endure and to accomplish all that needs to be done in response to Your call on our lives. Please Lord raise up your saints to come along side Larry’s family to bring Your love and support both practical and spiritual. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, Amen.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.
There will be a Celebration of the Life of Larry on Sunday, April 22 between 14:00 and 16:00 at Kanata Baptist Church. It is a drop in format. More information at the link provided if you wish to join family and friends.