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DANCING IN THE RAIN: LINDA WINICK

By July 3, 2017 4 Comments

Ask a hundred people who knew Linda Winick and you’ll get hundred and one responses of “her smile” as her most impressionable quality. She left an indelible impact on anyone she met.

Linda happily went in with all heart to anything she committed herself to – from 4-H as a child, community work as a homemaker and serving in her church during the last seven years of her life. No other earthly commitment mattered as much as her family – and she had a lot of them to love.

Family Matters

Next to her husband Wilson, her five children and their spouses and the nineteen grandchildren they gave her, were the apple of her eye. And she was a great-grandmother five times over.

Kind-hearted

Joanne Fraser says, “When our family first moved to Edmonton four years ago, we knew no one. We started to attend North Pointe, and I signed up immediately for the ladies bible study as a way to get to know someone. I was placed in Linda’s group.

Linda took the time each week to talk and ask me how I was doing and to ask about my high schooler, encouraging me each week to hang in there, things will get better and to pray with me. Once bible study ended, we continued to get together for coffee and lunch. We even had plans to get together the day before she had her stoke.

Linda was there for me when I was so lonely those four years ago, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have developed a warm friendship with such a loving person.

I will miss my special friend.”

Linda’s Fine Qualities

Strong
Beautiful
Good hugs
Courageous
Generous
Sincere
Strong-willed
Understanding
Always smiling

Heart’s Desire

Evelyn Kozak who passed the leadership baton for North Pointe’s seniors ministry reflects, “She was oh so willing to go the extra mile in helping. Linda will be remembered as a gentle person, meek and mild and always ready to serve others.

Linda’s hearts desire was that all her family and friends would personally experience the joy of knowing Jesus as their Savior and Lord.”

Devoted

Anyone who did not know Linda’s story, assumed she grew up in the church all her life. She and Wilson came to North Pointe quite reluctantly. Only the request of her granddaughter to hear her sing in a 2009 children’s Christmas choir compelled them to go to church.

Once in there was no stopping her.

It was in early February 2010 that Linda decided to cross the faith line and follow Jesus. Wilson was not far behind. She and Wilson, her daughter Stacey and granddaughter Cassandra were all baptized at North Pointe in June 2010.

Linda faithfully served at as a Women’s Bible Study leader, Day Camp volunteer, greeter, Alpha volunteer and was devoted by attendance almost every Sunday of the year. She was all in as a follower of Jesus.

Jocelyn and I think of Linda as the epitome of what Jesus wants to accomplish in His followers. Jesus came to not only make a way from earth to heaven but to bring heaven to our lives while we’re on earth.

Linda’s earthly goodness was a result of her being so heavenly-minded.

Dance In The Rain

One of Linda’s favorite quotes says a lot about her life perspective.

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. Its about learning to dance in the rain.”

When Wilson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in the summer of 2010, she prayed for his healing. She chose to dance in the rain. God spared his life.

Seven years later Linda suffered a stroke and was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

She ended up in the same critical care room at the University of Alberta Hospital that Wilson occupied. She believed for the same miracle God gave her husband. We prayed and fasted the same way we did for Wilson. Now Linda’s at peace from her storm and we are standing in the rain from her death.

Linda’s quote needs to become the inspiration for our own dance in the rain.

She would want it no other way.

APPLICATION: Please leave a comment below for Linda’s family. Share your memory of Linda. Thank you.


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Pastor at North Pointe Community Church for 27 years. Happily married to Jocelyn for 38 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three gorgeous daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring faith in Jesus through communicating, blogging, counseling and coaching. I enjoy running, reading, writing and ball hockey. Fan of the Esks and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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Join the discussion 4 Comments

  • Jenn K says:

    I never had the chance to know Linda but from all that I hear from those who did, she was an amazing woman of God!! Beautiful inside and out.
    Condolences to the Winick family during this time of grief. I know Linda will always lovningly be missed and stories told of her continually!
    Until we meet in Heaven!
    Blessings.

  • Faye Dombrowski says:

    Wilson & Linda were in our small group &, later Linda became the leader. I admired her for her love of Jesus & her passion for God’s Word. I was surprised she had become a Christian just a few short years ago. I love her favourite quote. It is so true, we need to dance in the rain.

  • Karen Simaeys says:

    I met Linda when I went to a bible study class she was teaching. I just loved it . She was so humble and genuine and had a true love of our father in heaven. I continued to be in touch via Facebook and I know she is at peace now for sure.

  • Dixie and Doug says:

    She will be missed so very much But she will live on in everyone of her beautiful children, grandchildren and great grandchildren

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