Skip to comments.The Beautiful Story of how Kirsten Powers Found Jesus. What’s Your Story?
Posted on 11/16/2013 12:00:15 AM PST by GonzoII
Last Week I wrote my testimony of meeting Jesus on a fateful day in November of 1995 (HERE). I have also written of the need that Christians have to better witness in a personal way to the faith, and to the relationship they have with the Lord.
The other day I read a beautiful conversion story, a witness story of a woman I have long admired, Kirsten Powers. She is a Fox News Commentator. And while I do not always agree with her political perspectives, she is a solid journalist, she gives fair consideration to all issues, and is, to my mind, a very classy lady.
She wrote recently in Christianity Today of how she met Jesus. I would like to share some excerpts of the story with you here so that, once again, you and all of us who are Catholics can see modeled how to tell our own particular story o faith, and what witness looks and sounds like.
Her full article is here: Kirsten Powers and how She Met Jesus What follows here are just a few excerpts with some comments by me in red text:
Just seven years ago, if someone had told me that I’d be writing for Christianity Today magazine about how I came to believe in God, I would have laughed out loud. If there was one thing in which I was completely secure, it was that I would never adhere to any religionespecially to evangelical Christianity, which I held in particular contempt.
And thus we learn to stay in the conversation with people. There was a time in my life that I too was hostile to the Church and hostile to Jesus. No one, no matter how settled they think they are in opposition to God or the Church is a lost cause. Speak the truth, with charity and clarity. You just never know when or how, but some, indeed, more than some, eventually find the Lord. Thank you Jesus!
I grew up in the Episcopal Church in Alaska, but my belief was superficial and flimsy….
Yes, some of us are in reaction to a poor experience with faith growing up. Perhaps it was perfunctory observance, perhaps we even experienced painful realities in the Church. But often such struggles send us afar. But in the end, the Lord does not cease to call, and He can even work the miracle of helping us to overcome tepid, bad or painful experiences.
Ms. Powers goes on to talk of how she began to date an Evangelical Christian who invited her to his Church and asked her to keep an open mind. She began attending Upper East Side Redeemer Presbyterian Church, an Evangelical Presbyterian Church. The Pastor Tim Keller impressed her with his thoughtful preaching. She says,
Tim Keller’s sermon was intellectually rigorous, weaving in art and history and philosophy. I decided to come back to hear him again. Soon, hearing Keller speak on Sunday became the highlight of my week. Each week, Keller made the case for Christianity. He also made the case against atheism and agnosticism. He expertly exposed the intellectual weaknesses of a purely secular worldview. I came to realize that even if Christianity wasn’t the real thing, neither was atheism.
So faith comes by hearing. The preaching task is critical. Pray that the Lord will send laborers, effective preachers and teachers to clarify doubts and sow the seeds of truth. Scripture says, How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?…As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!…So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.(Rom 10:14-15, 17). Yes, pray for good and effective preaching and teaching!
I concluded that the weight of evidence was on the side of Christianity. But I didn’t feel any connection to God.
But someone must have praying for Kirsten. For soon enough, she met Jesus:
Then one night in 2006, on a trip to Taiwan, I woke up in what felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality. Jesus came to me and said, “Here I am.” It felt so real. I didn’t know what to make of it.
Hallelujah! Someone was praying. Thank you Jesus.
I tried to write off the experience as misfiring synapses, but I couldn’t shake it. When I returned to New York a few days later, I was lost. I suddenly felt God everywhere and it was terrifying. More important, it was unwelcome. It felt like an invasion. I started to fear I was going crazy….I was desperate. My whole world was imploding. How was I going to tell my family or friends about what had happened? Nobody would understand. I didn’t understand.
It is interesting. Not everyone has an experience with the Lord and comes away serene. In fact most Theophanies in the Bible leave the recipient disconcerted, sometimes flat on their face to the ground! Yes, even Mother Mary was “troubled” at the visit of Gabriel (Lk 1:29), and even John the Evangelist who had been so close to the Lord in his earthly ministry, fell on his face to the ground when he saw Jesus in glory (Rev 1:17). There is authenticity in Ms. Power’s description of distress. It makes sense given her background of skepticism, but also makes sense given the Glory of the Lord.
She sought explanation by attending a Bible study, but in the end, the Lord connected the dots for her:
Everything had changed. I’ll never forget standing outside that apartment on the Upper East Side and saying to myself, “It’s true. It’s completely true.” The world looked entirely different, like a veil had been lifted off it. I had not an iota of doubt. I was filled with indescribable joy.
But surely the World, the Flesh and Devil would not take this sitting down! She writes:
The horror of the prospect of being a devout Christian crept back in almost immediately. I spent the next few months doing my best to wrestle away from God. It was pointless. Everywhere I turned, there he was. Slowly there was less fear and more joy. The Hound of Heaven had pursued me and caught mewhether I liked it or not.
Yes, The Lord has won. And I pray that Kirsten Powers will grow strong in faith and deep in conviction that Jesus is Lord and the lover of her soul.
“But Father, but Father….!” I hear some of you saying, “She did not become Catholic! How can we praise this!?” Well, all I know is that we are all on a journey. And the Lord has surely led some of the best Catholics through the Evangelical denominations ultimately to the Catholic Church.
And I will add that their time there (in the Evangelical denominations) was not a detour or wasted. In fact some of the greatest converts to the Catholic Church bring many gifts from their time as Evangelicals: Love for Jesus, the understanding of a personal and intimate walk with the Lord, a love for Scripture, and a zeal for souls.
At a personal level I would love for Ms. Powers to one day find herself in full union with the Catholic Church. For now I am joyful she found Jesus and I trust Jesus to lead her. Rejoice with me, rejoice with her, Jesus is joy, he is Lord and Shepherd. He shepherds us rightly.
But Father, But Father, as a democrat, what does she think of abortion? As far as I know, she is against it. Consider what she has written HERE and HERE or HERE And and if you wish she were clearer here or there about this or that, stay in the conversation. Amor omnia vincet.
I rejoice that Kirsten Powers has met Jesus. I rejoice I have met him. How about you? What is your story? See her testimony as model and write your own. Your children and grandchildren, your friends and others are desperate to hear it!
819 "Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth"273 are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements.274 Christ's Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him,275 and are in themselves calls to "Catholic unity."276
838 "The Church knows that she is joined in many ways to the baptized who are honored by the name of Christian, but do not profess the Catholic faith in its entirety or have not preserved unity or communion under the successor of Peter."322 Those "who believe in Christ and have been properly baptized are put in a certain, although imperfect, communion with the Catholic Church."323 With the Orthodox Churches, this communion is so profound "that it lacks little to attain the fullness that would permit a common celebration of the Lord's Eucharist."324
273 LG 8 § 2.
274 UR 3 § 2; cf. LG 15.
275 Cf. UR 3.
276 Cf. LG 8.
322 LG 15.
323 UR 3.
324 Paul VI, Discourse, December 14, 1975; cf. UR 13-18.
I often wonder how many people on here are in a situation where they were not raised in a family that truly followed God - and if they ever wondered how fundamentally different they would be if they were raised from birth in a family that truly followed God. I am I suppose coming around to it but trying to figure out why He left me to my own devices for so many years and never bothered to even let me know I should be looking for Him. But I suppose I’ll find out eventually.
He left you to your own free will. I accepted Christ at 27. Doing my own thing creating my own Empire on my terms, because thats what humans do. We are driven to whatever with the personality HE even gave us.
By the Grace of God, one day I had ruined my life so badly I was ready to give up.
It was that point when I cried out to God. Hey God do you really exist? If so I think I need help. It was that week when someone witnessed to me and I accpted Christ.
I grew up in Catholic school my whole life, but did not get it. I thank God for His Grace Mercy and Wisdom that leads me on..................
I read the linked article. Thanks very much for this posting. She’s one of the most honest democrats. I look for her to leave the democrat party once she completes her growing up process.
Good for her! This is a heartwarming story. I knew there was something I kind of liked about her, even though she was a Dem she didn’t seem as arrogant and blind as most of them.
I do not understand how a democrat can call themselves a Christian, when it is their party that favors infanticide.
Sorry, I’m kinda binary that way.
How we are raised so shapes us.
Devout Catholic or Baptist....at least something non ambiguous and solid
Its rare for an apathetic agnostic raised in church-lite to just get transformed like she did
Most stay agnostic till death approaches
She is also fetching.
Hard not to notice
I do have a hard time reconciling how someone can believe in Christ and not be solidly anti abortion
Still time for her
Yes, I agree. I like her, too.
I think she will come around in time.
ITA Give her time and patience. She’s a work in progress, like all of us.
A charming distraction to say the least.
Hey, this is interesting. Kirsten Powers apparently is attending Dr. Keller’s church.
I grew up in the Episcopal church and was senior warden of the oldest Episcopal church in west Tennessee (1832).
I left when the gays took over the Episcopal Church USA.
When in Slovakia, I attended a Catholic church on occasion, and here in the Philippines, it is Catholic all the way.
My son was baptized in the 200+ year old church here in Dalaguete, Cebu.
The Catholic Church, VI.
I think she is a very very naïve little girl on a lot of issues, although when sh spoke clearly about her feelings about abortion the other day, taking sides with the conservative Fox ladies, I thought I was hearing it from a twin and not her.
I agree, there is a conservative under that skin, problem is....she is a staunch...staunch...staunch...believer in Hillary.
Which makes me wonder, Kirsten..let’s put you to the test. Abortion seems to be the left’s single most important issue...Why then...do you, a self proclaimed Christian, support candidates who are not only pro choice, but who believe in abortion on demand, at any time?
I love your story...at times I like what you say, but all in all until you can come to grips with the reality of where you are politically, I’d say you’re not being honest.
In my opinion, Kirsten resembles the Reagan democrat. I just find it hard to believe that she is that liberal and agree with you that she will come around.
I enjoy listening to her take on some issue, then Charles follows, and it’s usually always 180 degrees different and right on the money. In short, she’s really not all that smart. Her commentary is superficial, except for abortion, she is clear as a bell, and brings up things that give me hope.
While we are on the subject, Juan Williams of late has turned into complete jerk, Beckel too, but I’m wondering if the director of these shows push that.
REad my last post. She is solidly, I mean solidly anti abortion. To the point that I really cannot understand why she doesn’t embrace a candidate like Ted Cruz or Sarah.
I would rejoice if she were to remain democrat, liberal whatever, but come out Against Hillary, and for the conservative pro life candidate in the coming elections.
I have only one negative about the article. Seem like the writer, in subtext, is saying “Kirsten, you’ve come a long way, and I’m proud of you, but eventually you MUST be Catholic to be truly a Christian.”
BTW, you’re clearly an early bird like me...Which was great when TEd CRuz was doing his marathon talk.