In which the most important letter is finished (pt6)

by Craig on October 31, 2011

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And the letter was folded with crisp edges, just like she taught me…
and placed in an envelope from her drawer in the kitchen.
On the outside was written, “From that son…”…
and I laid it by her bedside, and there it remained until she went to the hospital for the last time.

This is the last post in my series on sharing the gospel – with my mom.

The letter came only after I asked lots of questions to see what she believed...
and it was written specifically for her…for her doubts…and her heart. The letter began with this post.

And though there is personal stuff that makes the road to the Savior unique for each of us…
in the end it comes down to the very same gospel…
and the letter to my mom concludes…

And Mom, now it’s just simple steps…

God’s knocking…
just invite him in.

He knows you aren’t perfect…
He knows you’ll doubt…
He knows you’ll sin…
He just wants your heart turned to him…
to know that you’ll fight the doubt…
to know that you’ll aim at him instead of sin.

And his Grace carries you the rest of the way to eternity in bliss.

I’ll be praying for you as I always do. There is nothing more important for me in the world than knowing that you are right with God. But the choice is yours. Just very simple steps Mom – and not unfamiliar ones – a commitment – or maybe a recommitment.

1.    Count the cost Mom. Living with your heart toward God means that every action, decision, thought, gets bounced off of His will. Faith will touch all areas of your life as the love you have for your children now does.

2.    Admit to God your need for his Grace, that you know he’s perfect and without sin – and you are imperfect and have sinned. I know, if he’s God then he knows, but we say the words for us – not him.

3.    Ask forgiveness – once for all sins past present and future. Just ask.

4.    Talk to him of what he did on the Cross, and tell him you accept his incredible sacrifice – and his forgiveness….and grace…accept him as Savior.

5.    Talk to him about becoming his servant, commit to Him being the center of your life. Because to live with him forever means you have to place him in the core of your heart, mind, and soul. He is both Savior – and Lord.

It’s just a conversation with the God of all things Mom – just like many you’ve had.

It’s just like anything you’ve ever asked of Him, Mom…
except the answer to this heartfelt prayer, if it is truly heartfelt, is a guaranteed yes.

I won’t even tell you the words to pray. You know the words already.
You can ask any way you want.  It’s not a magical formula.

Just make the decision with your heart, call on him, and he will do the rest.

Let me know what you decide.

I love you.

I don’t want to be without you.

Craig Steven

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

A. October 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Craig, I love the way you explained things in this letter! You have removed the ‘formula-speak’ and in so doing, have written such a helpful view of what coming to Christ is all about. I see your letter in my mind’s eye lying there all glowy and warm yet in full earnest on your mom’s bedside table, bearing the most important of messages.


Craig October 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm

“formula speak” – I think it was kind of on purpose. Of course my mom’s letter didn’t have the layout that this did – it was just a letter – and it didn’t have any pictures – but it was all full of love – and all the questions got me all the answers I needed – and the letter – I think it gave her all the answers she needed – and I’ll see her again – and that makes me smile. God bless you A!


Cora October 31, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I loved the fact, too, that the “formula” thing was taken out of it. I have stumbled many times over getting that formula thing just right while trying to “adjust” it to meet the needs of the person searching me for the answers. I can so remember sweaty palms, racing heart, mind digging in every nook and cranny for the “right” things to say. Now, as I think back, if only I had just spoken my heart. . .! For some reason today, I thought of your letter inside out. Perhaps it is because I did lay in that bed like your Mom did, and I thought I was dying, and I wanted to write that letter and leave it on the bedside table for those I would be leaving behind. I didn’t die. I didn’t write the letter. The words were never spoken. And I’m sorry about that. Craig, this has been tremendous. Your letter took all the theology and turned it into “heart!” And that’s what He’s all about, isn’t it????


Craig November 1, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Cora, the highest praise you could give me – the thing that makes my heart sing – is that I turned theology into heart. Blogging in this community has done that for me – I used to be just your average everyday theologian type guy – people like you have changed me. And yes, these are tears in my eyes – – how you guys make me cry – it’s getting ridiculous really! ツ


Cora October 31, 2011 at 9:36 pm

PS: thank you for your visit today! I so appreciated your comments!


Craig November 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Cora, I heart visiting you – I really do – from buzzards to poetry – reading you is more of a joy than you think it is! God bless you my friend!


Marita October 31, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Craig, so beautifully written from the heart….. a treasure for your mom and all those who read and want to be able to do the same for someone they love. May God bless the sharing of His love, even in a way that you might be able to see it bear fruit. We pray boldly and leave the results to God. Thank you!


Craig November 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Marita, first, I have to apologize because your comment was trapped in my spam blocker – it wasn’t until today that I found it. So I’m sorry for this very late response to your truly heartwarming comment. The letter to my mom is a treasure for me, and I’m very glad I got to share it. I’m more glad that she read it, and accepted Our Lord before dying. So thank you Marita, and God bless you and each and every one of yours!

And again – sorry!


Martha Orlando November 1, 2011 at 7:12 am

The conclusion to this letter so touched my heart! It’s all so simple. It’s all any of us has to do.

Your mom was blessed to have you!

May God continue to rain blessings upon you every day!


Craig November 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I almost put in jargon – I intentionally evaded the use of the word “pray” – yes – to keep it “simple” and not Churchy. my mom, being raised in a Southern Baptist group home knew all of the church language. And I was just the right person in the right place at the right time – that’s all. I was lucky to have my mom. God bless you, Martha.


Layla Payton November 2, 2011 at 1:40 am

It’s not a magic formula…

:) I heart that you said that.


Craig November 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

your brevity my friend – it indicates that you are a mama, and a teacher, and a bride – there are simply not enough hours in the day for all you do – and I so, so, so respect that. I’m thankful that you take time to come here and read – and leave words in my comment section – words that, believe me, I heart. God bless you Layla.


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