Just a brief note to thank you all. Comments today have been making me misty-eyed. I am overjoyed that it really seems you all are getting it – and developing a genuine steely resolve to live in God’s will, to be that sign of hope even as the satan rages around us at his eviction. I regret that sometimes I am not clear enough, but something must be going right, as folks here do seem to be developing a holy fortitude to look beyond themselves. That is the secret.
Also, forgive me for my email box has exploded. It seems for every five messages I answer, I have 10 new ones in the queue. I am working at it – all too slowly. The disclaimer that it may take a week is more like two weeks now. But, hey, keep those cards and letters coming folks. I am not completely recovered from my little episode late last week and have to lay down from time to time. But this gives us a wonderful opportunity to live fortitude and patience together.
I have to tell you, contemplating going public with these things, I was very scared. Knowing that I was supposed to tell people hard things, yet fill them with hope and steely resolve…I just did not feel up to it. I did not see how it could be done. I obeyed…but I was a little sullen. When I started this website, I almost defiantly told the Lord, “Fine, I’ll write it and I will tell them true as best I can. But if You want it to mean something, You will have to do it, because I will not do a thing to market it.” I was kind of demanding a sign from Him – and hoping that maybe it would all go away. A few days ago, I was going to wish everyone a Merry Christmas in their own language…but when I went to check which countries had given visits in the prior week, there were 72. It’s why I found that chart…I would still be looking up translations if I hadn’t.
I can feel now from so many that this has become a sign of hope, that it has stilled many of your fears, that you are completely serious about ministering to those around you. Thank you. You have become a profound sign of hope for me. I want you to know that.