Letter to Pastor
Dear (Pastor Name Here)
My heart was overjoyed this past Sunday to receive communion and have the privilege of hearing the sermon the Lord place on your heart… Many years have passed and I determined to learn many lessons the ‘long and hard way’… but I am delighted to share with you the gratitude I have for that work which God began in me at ECPHC… and is perfecting, today… Thank You so much for every prayer, and every thought you’ve had toward the repentance God has granted me… I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ… Thank You for every kindness that was shown to me, and every example of God’s love that was extended to me… I’m not sure what tomorrow may bring… but I am confident of the Holy Spirit’s working in my heart and I hope daily toward the revelation of Christ. I live in Greenville, SC and I have a very exciting future ahead of me…
ECPHC will always be my home church and thoughts of your well-being and encouragement are with me regardless of where I am, where I find myself, or who I encounter.
God bless you, the entire (Surname) family, and the body of believers.
Note::::Letter written to the church of my adolescence after visiting over a weekend.
We’ve (family) sustained a steady rain for the past three hours… and we are all pretty whooped, now… but I’m not complaining… Dinner for Dad was awesome!!! Mom did one heck of a job getting everything prepared…
My brothers and I helped setup, and the youngest, and I cooked with my Dad’s mom (my Nana)… I cooked more chicken on the grill, today, than I’ve ever cooked at one time. Saw cousins today that I haven’t seen in years, literally… everyone who attended made a reflection or two in order to honor my dad. After opening the dinner with a prayer, and enjoying the powerpoint presentation mom created we fellowshipped with one another, exchanged numbers, ate cake, and food.
Today was one heck of a blessing… the best part was sharing some of what God’s done for me… with everyone in attendance… without restraint… I was a little nervous, but how could I allow the opportunity to slip past me… to be able to share my relationship with my family… Life gets better, Yo!!! Lay down your burdens… God sustains this family and everyone we meet… He is working in us… and I will keep Your word Lord… I will pursue righteousness… You know the hearts and needs of all the families we met today… thank You for keeping us, Father, receiving our praise, and hearing our prayers.
Just in the ‘nick-of-time’…we’ve just finished setting up for the “Big Dinner” tomorrow.
We’ve rode over to the nearest Waffle House where we’ve (self, mom, two of my brothers) (mom’s idea)… My brother– third from the top… just put that ole’ Fugees song on… (Killing Me Softly)… Promise you, the Waffle House was stupid dead before we come in, but even seems like the employees got a lil’ *head bob* going on now… God is far better to us than we will ever deserve…
It’s not bout’ any single one of us… and God is telling me, in all of this, that i’m not down here (Columbia) for me… I’m not even down here for them (family), as much as I’m down here for Him… Down here to ‘stand’… that’s it… not in a way where pressure builds or tensions increase… none of this is for what I’ve dreamed it up to ever be… but something altogether, enduring, and ultimately better…
Walked in house(brother’s room) just in time to see my brother (senior, state championship wrestler, choir-singing extraordinaire) fooling around with some ‘vapes'(vaporizers). I bust a u-turn and come to the living room (where I’ll be sleeping tonight…) that lil’ piece of unwarranted info. triggered a spring of emotions that…. it’s all I can do to just be sitting here and not responding to it in any manner… I can’t unknow the fact, but the immediate answer… I believe, has already been covered here, and that’s to ‘stand’… not to punch him in the forehead with the blunt end of my extra-large KJV Bible… but to trust God because He is and has always been He that is faithful… all-knowing, despite our flaws, He loves us… while we were yet sinners… Christ died for us… It is also His love and goodness that grants repentance… He did it for me, I trust His Spirit is working in the family as well.
giving in to negligence-
the time is spent
evidence in actions committed
how vivid the detail
the scent that lingers
that welcomes any unsuspecting to trail
no never-mind of descent
esteeming the less respected
remembering their ascent.
One falling s’only focus
lies solely on
what lurks beneath..
no regard for where their going
nor the placement of their feet.
Father, thank You for the breathe of life… thank You for helping me see clearly… thank You for blessing my placement here in the U.S. where we are privileged to be able to ‘shoot’ over to Jimmy Johns and nab one dollar subs… You’re worthy Lord… thank You for ordering our steps and the repairs You’ve performed in the relationships between myself and my dad.
Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus for another one… Another Day… Sitting back with my bros. watching the Hobbit… It’s been a few weeks since we’ve worked on any ‘electrical’ at the shop or abroad, but today we worked on installing lights… a light I have not yet installed… some other kind of LED lights… not quite installed the same as any LED lights I’ve installed previously… it was a blessing just the same. Spoke with bro… *Same momma daddy brother’s name here* … he sounded well… like he was having an excellent day… Dad’s B-day is tomorrow… man… 50 years. old–> he will be tomorrow… I wanna honor him in a grand way Saturday… and there’s a picture of what that looks like, but it’s supremely blurry… our relationship has never been what it is today… I’m incredibly grateful and I strive to exercise that gratitude daily… There’s to be a dinner Saturday night and I’ve set my mind o attend… still working that out, not in haste but not without care, either… it’s important that I attend that dinner… Much of the family will be in attendance… Thank You Lord for peace regarding the transportation details and blessing the family, Lord… letting everyone who is sposed’ to be there, be there… and covering my brother tonight… keeping him safe, and helping him make the right decisions, providing him with wisdom and understanding.
Thank You Jesus for opening mind,heart, body, and soul to You Father… I can not hold this house up Father… not without Your Spirit, not without Your guidance… I’m still, very excited for the future and about what You are leading me to and how You are furthering my knowledge and experience of You… increasing my desire to know You…
Another intern– aka “apprentice-to-be” was invited to the house today. After ‘the house’ went to his graduation ceremony we loaded him and his belongings into the van and brought him home with us. Help me to stay low Jesus… learning, ever-learning to remain grateful, to trust You in all my ways. Helping me to never grow ignorant of the call to servitude, making Yourself of no reputation, You are everything that exemplifies devotion to the Father… Faithful, You were obedient unto death.
Father, I don’t believe in accidents or mistakes when it comes to Your wisdom… I do not question Your judgments… help me to embrace this opportunity to lead, Father, and may my actions/deeds point to You.
“Time to go lay it down…” says my body… and I’m cramm’in down an ice-cream float… one bite at a time.
It’s Friday and we’ve been off work all-day… cooked out… (fish, burgers, hotdogs) watch movies, and went fishing… came home, watched more movies; it’s been a blessing to wake up… and not a burden… and to think… I don’t even deserve the breathe I’m breathing, don’t deserve any of these ‘privileges’, where I live, the life I have… it’s a ‘trip’ in a half… looking at where I am today… tomorrow is not easter… everyone has been really hyped about Sunday…
I’m bout’ as excited for Sunday as last Sunday, I guess… I mean that in the best way… I’ve pretty much shoved the notions of bunnies, eggs, and egg-hunts ‘down the drain’… growin up ‘we’ did ‘egg-hunts’ at church and with the family… why it’s supported at some churches… I dunno… I’m not trying to judge… well, I’m not judging… it’s just, at my home church we’ve been urged to get people to come to church on easter, for the easter service… but, man… people should regularly be invited… not that I’ve been inviting anyone (outside of my own household)… funny thing happened this past week, though… the past five or six weeks I’ve invited one of the individuals in our house to church with me on Wednesdays… he never went, but this week another one of my housemates wanted to go with me… so we rode out… just goes to show me how God gives the increase… I can spread seed, I can water, but God gives the increase.