Letter for My Son (February 19, 2014)

Dear Jonathan,

     I called and left a message this morning. But never know if you listen to them. Dad says you might, but others say you are told to delete them. This morning so much on my heart to talk with you of. As I mentioned on the message, we watched a true story movie recently. A good father who had taught his son right from wrong, honor, and integrity and bravery had sent his son off to war in the 1990's.  The father was a former soldier himself, and had served proudly.  But the army had changed since those days, and one day the son was driving down a road in Iraq carrying a truckload of soldiers.  A small boy kicked his ball in front of the truck and ran out to pick it up. The young man was ordered not to stop for the child, as it could possibly be an ambush for snipers to attack. The soldier argued with his commanding officer sitting next to him, but in the end, he obeyed orders and drove over the child.
     He wrestled with the guilt. He could not tell his father what he had done.He was raised to trust and obey the authority over him. It nearly drove him mad, going against his convictions.
     What would you do son? Is it right to endanger your platoon for the life of a child? To obey your commanding officer, or be written up as insubordinate? What if protecting a child costs the life of a fellow-soldier?
     Son. I would say to you, that you are a soldier. You are obligated to lay down your life and your reputation for the life of a child. Be careful for your fellow-soldiers yes. But ultimately, they are soldiers too, ready to protect the weak and the helpless, the orphan and the widow. You should stop for the child.  Even if it is an ambush.
     Do what is right, no matter who is telling you to 'run over the child'. The pharisees said Jesus had to be killed to save the nation.  That is what pharisees do-they offer up others to save themselves or keep control. But Jesus never did that. He protected that woman from stoning, he protected the village from his irate disciples wanting to call down fire and consume it.  He protected the children who were being shooed away from him.  He protected his mother as he hung on the cross. Jesus took the hit for us all. He did no evil, neither was guile found in his mouth. When reviled, he didn't, when he suffered, he didn't threaten. He trusted his life with God the righteous judge.  1Pet. 2:22-23
     I love you son. I raised you to be a man of integrity. So hear once again from your mother please; "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their  deeds were evil.  For every one that doing evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  John 3:19-21
     I have nothing to hide, please don't you hide anymore. Don't tell your brother and sisters to hide anymore. Come into the light. Where there is full and free forgiveness and love to cover a multitude of sins. Obey God.


                              *3 young men who broke their moms hearts by rejecting them*
                                                                   *for what?*

Letter to My Children (February 14, 2014)

Dear Jonathan, Sarah, Joshua, Christina

     So much sadness every day for us. Losing you is like losing my arms and legs. We cry, pray, and wait for God to bring us all together again.  I will love you always and forever, no matter what you have done. XO's for all of you.