Dear Mike and all, I would like to relate to
you something that
happened to me as a very new Christian while living
in the Erie, Pa.
fellowship, ( a very good fellowship-- and if anyone reads this who
there, I miss you and thank you for the good times and love we
there). We had all gone witnessing at a local high school football
one evening and I began to walk with and talk with a young man on his
to his car which was parked quite a long way from the stadium.
got to his car he eventually left and I was left to find my way back
the brethren at the game. It was a country road , dark,
and the stars
were out and not too chilly. I began to pray as I walked in a
conversation style , out loud but softly, when I realized that although
had been saved for about 2 mo. that I had never told Jesus that I loved
Him. So I told Him, and then I heard a voice , loud and clear, which
said, " Love your Brothers and Sisters " I
stopped and looked around
and said aloud , "Who said that ? " But even as I did I knew
it was the
Lord who had spoken it. It kind of sounded like it was inside
and outside at the same time. But there was no doubt in my mind
was Jesus, and there still isn't any doubt. I tried in
my own ways to
try to live up to this high calling. I didn't always succeed but I
those of you who knew me then and even since have seen some attempts
living this out and trying to show and express love. I'm
this right. When Nancy and I left the fellowship it was with
and remorse to be leaving so many of you that we felt called to love
behind and a deep sense of failure. I am truly sorry for that.
that at that time it was the right time for us to go. Forgive me for
being stronger for your sakes. I was the personal recipient of
amount of love and sacrifice on many of your parts towards me and I
to say thank you. I don't take it lightly and I will not forget
you. I am not simply "going on with my life" or "putting
behind me" because behind me is all of you, dear ones, my brothers
sisters . And as we go into our futures we go together
because of what
we bring with us.
Our Christian journey is not yet finished.
Let us press on to the end . We each have a lot to give .
in a church where Jesus' love can be experienced and given. We
that by the Grace of God. Jesus loves you dear Maureen Griffo,
ached at your ordeal, and yet rejoices that God has kept you in the
hollow of His hand. Thank you all so much for your
love and patient
endurance towards me and all the brethren over the years.
pray for one another as the Lord brings each other to mind.
give up--- Jesus will not fail us. Eternity awaits .
The Kingdom in
it's fullness. God bless you .