To the brothers and sisters in the faith,
Hello to all of you! I’m sure a lot of you have been wondering about everything and I have to say I’ve basically been waiting until I get all the info I could before relaying it to all of you. I talked to Jon a little bit today after Sabbath services on the phone and he is very upbeat and continues to inspire not only me but a great number of you. He mentioned that the spirit in the Milwaukee congregation and the Church as a whole has completely changed for the better and it’s something that you can feel and be certain of. I cannot agree more with him in that regard and I know that God continues to help all of us through this and gives us the strength to get through the day, the words of encouragement to speak to each other, and the comfort to heal the wounds.
Jon let me know that his mom is doing well, she wasn’t able to be at Sabbath services yet but that she was able to watch a sermon or two on DVD so she continues to improve thanks to the hand of God and the prayers of all the brethren. For the time being, Jon and his mother are staying at the Diekmeier’s as she continues to recuperate and Jon has a great support group with Mr. and Mrs. Diekmeier and their kids Aaron and Mike. Jon also told me how he never mentioned that his letter would b ecome known in so many parts of the world, that it was never his intention to be an inspiration to people or that his letter would be published around the world. I remember watching Jon type the letter up into his cousin Emily’s laptop and I never thought that the letter he placed in my hands to send to all our friends would have the type of impact it did (and still does). The words contained in it were truly inspired by God and in my conversation with Jon I told him that He’s truly working something special in all of us and bringing us closer together as a family. I know that God is preparing my generation to be able to pick up where the previous one left off once old age and other events start taking place and it is our time to show how strong we are in the faith. We’re still feeling some shock and God is still healing us, yet we’re putting our faith to work and we’re becoming more serious about our calling. I personally believe that Romans 8 can summarize the entire life of a true Christian. It includes the battle between the carnal and the spiritual mind, the sufferings of this life versus the glory of the future, how God sent His Son to bear our sins and reveal something even more precious in us, and how nothing ABSOLUTELY NOTHING can separate us from God’s love.
I know we are still saddened with the events, still wondering why, yet God is smiling at how we’re reacting and reaching out to each other. I will continue to make the same admonition I have made in all my previous emails even if it repeats itself over and over again. Do not let this outflow of love, concern, encouragement, and Philadelphian love dissipate. May it be something we always we keep near our hearts and that we can continue to learn and grow from. Continue praying for each other, c ontinue calling each other and don’t shy away from saying “I love you.” May God keep you all safe, may He continue to grant us healing, and may He guide us in all our steps of life.
“And we know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)