|Thinking of you...
Dear James, Andrea, and children,
It's been a while since I've gotten in touch, but that doesn't mean I have forgotten all of you.
Time doesn't make it all go away, does it? 2005...oh if we could have just skipped that year! We must believe, however, that there is a divine purpose in everything even though we can't see it. The beauty of being a believer and follower of Jesus Christ is that He has promised us so much. Not only does he promise us a mansion in glory - but he promises us we will see our loved ones who also believe His promises there! So, this separation here on earth is only but a brief second of time of separation from our loved ones compared to the eternity we will have with them in such a glorious place we cannot even imagine! So, dear family of Maurice, take comfort in that. Dear Andrea, yes, you WILL hold your precious son in your arms again. James, you WILL be able to put your arms around Maurice's shoulders and squeeze him against your body. Young James, you WILL be able to tossel the hair of your younger brother again. And Anna, you WILL be able to sit next to your brother, Maurice, and have him tell you something that makes you giggle and laugh!
The older I get the more I cling to those promises; especially as I see more and more troublesome times in our country and in the world. There IS a better place where we can all live together in peace without hatred, fear, pain, prejudices or sorrow. I look forward to seeing you all there.
I wonder now how you all are doing. What is James, Jr. doing now? Is he in college? James, are you still in the military? Even though I have never met you, I feel as if you all are old family friends. Spring is almost here again and with it comes a renewal - so renew your faith in the promises given to us and be comforted.
Take care, my friends, and God bless you!