In which there is the most important letter (pt2)

by Craig on October 24, 2011

It's the gospel, but shared in a way to meet my mom where she was at. source

My mom’s earthly life was ending.
She was uncertain about her destination.
I wanted so desperately for her to be certain.

First came the many questions that informed me about exactly what she believed. (they began here)

Then this letter…
no “off the rack” gospel presentation…
but one custom made for her…

Part one of the letter is here…and this is where I left off…

Mom, you know how much you love us…
He loves you even more than that.

Just like you, he wants to take care of his own…
to provide for them, love them, protect them, guide them.

And I know the brave face you put on for us…
but I also know how much peace is missing…
I can see it…
and I want you to have it so desperately…
and you know these verses, I’m sure…

..we have peace through God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (Romans 5:1)

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. (John 14:27)

It's the gospel, but shared in a way to meet my mom where she was at. source

It’s direct access to peace Mom, available through Jesus, and only through him. I know you think there are many ways to peace, to God, but Jesus said that no one had access to the Father through any other way except him. (John 14:6)

And I know how much you love (I didn’t use heart as a verb back then) love Billy Graham, and he said…

In Christ we are relaxed and at peace in the midst of confusions, bewilderments, and perplexities of this life.  The storm rages, but our hearts are at rest.  We have found peace – at last.

You know me Mom…
I don’t have much money, or fame, or power, or earthly success…
but you know how much life I have…
that comes from Him.

I see others my age with so much more “success”. If I was relying on the world to give me my self confidence, and peace, and worth, I’d be in pretty sad shape. But strangely enough I’m not. Am I? And that’s not me – it’s Him.

I know you know Mom, that Jesus is the source of full life, because you’ve quoted this to me so often…

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

I want you to have that life now…

and forever…

It's the gospel, but shared in a way to meet my mom where she was at.source

The questions were to find out where my mom was.

This letter was designed to meet her, right there.

All this thought of gospel surfaced recently because of a “chance” meeting with a stranger…

and my shocking inability to be brave about the Gospel…

to speak directly to it instead of flirting with the edges…

and my failure to “close” the deal…

and then you guys reminded me how personal the Gospel should be…

and just who does the saving…and so I’m sharing this…

and there’s more…

please come back.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

jennyonthespot October 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

Love this…

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Jenny, I can’t tell you how much I heart seeing a comment from you here. and thank you for the use of your picture – it’s precisely how I wanted to start this post off. It was perfect – and it’s obvious to me why you got that letter! And you got here a little too quick – what you saw was the first draft – the unedited, and only one picture version – I didn’t even get a chance to pick the sox up off the floor before you got here. ツ But still, I heart that you visited. Peace and sparkles!

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Michelle October 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

That is such a beautifully written letter, full of love and compassion. But also gently (ever-so gently) challenging.

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Craig October 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Michelle, it was all the talking, and listening, and more listening, and more listening – finding out where my mom was – finding how she thought – that made this letter what it is. It was HER letter – so thank you Michelle – it WAS the most important letter. God bless you!

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Layla Payton October 25, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I have kids pulling me from every molecule of my energy right now, but I wanted you to know how much this “letter” series has meant to me. It helped me answer a wrathful question with a soft answer (I think…I hope). Thank you. :)

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Craig October 26, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Layla – lack of sleep is currently pulling every molecule of my energy out – I’m fading fast – and I just want to say – thank YOU!

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Debbie October 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Craig, your momma knew a lot, didn’t she? She was not unfamiliar with scripture or the Gospel or Jesus. You’ve given me more to think and pray about, as we consider the personal touch. God bless you as He leads you!

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Craig October 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Debbie, my mom was raised in a southern Baptist orphanage – she memorized a lot of Scripture. The words just aren’t enough – are they? I once thought they were – but they aren’t. God bless you my friend!

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Craig October 26, 2011 at 7:53 pm

PS and I’m so happy you’re on twitter now – it made me smile – following the not so simple – simple poet! ツ

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