My brother Greg truly loved the Lord and was a child of God. The letter below is the last letter he wrote to his family. His wife gave it to us the day of and shortly after his funeral service. I pray by my sharing his thoughts with you, it will help you to focus on what is truly important in lifeóour Lord Jesus Christ.
My Brother wrote:
Iím writing this letter to my family and friends. Its purpose is hopefully to edify you in the Lord.
I havenít been feeling too good lately, and I find it hard to talk on the phone much. Also, when you feel sick, you kind of go into a shell, trying to get through the feeling until it passes. During these times, I donít even want to talk with God. Itís hard to get my soul in an attitude of praise when Iím feeling sick in my body.
But it is by Godís grace that we continue on. We do not stumble because He remains with us in all our weaknesses. We may fail Him, but He never fails us.
I love my new church. It is a simple church that promotes love for God, Christ, and the brethren. In recognizing we are all sinners, they just encourage all to come, take the bread of life, be washed, and forgiven through Christ. No great doctrinal issues, no magic, or mumbo jumboójust love and walking daily in love; brings your life into a consistent walk of love, considering others better than yourself.
Oh, how we like to feel important. Almost to the point of God needing us. But itís just a simple sharing of the Spirit of love. To all my friends and family, I exhort you all, to examine yourself. Donít get caught up in doctrines of men or error. Just Jesus died and rose and now we live by Him. We obey His commandmentsóto believe in Him who God has sent (Jesus), AND TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER as He has loved us.
If we do these two things, pursue it as we would worldly riches, truly treasure it in our hearts, then the God of peace will abide in us. We will have all His joy and love inside of us.
We will not be ashamed at His coming, for as He was in the world, so are we. So just look unto Jesus and ask to be full to the fullest of Him. I know we all need this; I get on my knees everyday, humbly, asking that I might know the love of God.
These three things: abide by faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love.
I love you all.
All of heaven began to celebrate. Cheers and joy rang
out from all the land of Heaven, celebrating the child who has come home
to be with the family of God. This is the joyous celebration every child
receives when one goes home to be with his Maker, his Savior, and his God.
In Jesusí own words we read:
Luke 15: 6-7 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
Our beloved Greg went home to be with the Lord this past Sunday, June 10th 2007. Greg was that lost sheep Jesus found. He no longer is suffering and every tear has been wiped away. God gave him six months from the time when he first learned of his illness, and he always felt blessed by God- even during this time. Greg was a blessing and inspiration to all who knew and loved him. I thank God for his life and his faith.
We are all that lost sheep, and Greg knew that. Greg would want us to remember and keep the words he wrote to us in his poetry. Burn them deep into your hearts and minds. Greg asked us to live our lives in Jesus. I pray we can live our lives in the words he wrote:
Oh, that I may learn to live the rest of my life in His
Spirit. Everything good resides in God, and God does give gifts to
his children. To know good and reject evil is the greatest of these
To walk in His ways is the greatest gift a man can possess. The joy of the Lord is His ways established in us.
Then I can walk in love, through any darkness, this is victory in this life.
Thank you Lord Jesus, Anointed One, King of Kingís; you did this for all men.
Let us celebrate the victory Greg has won through our Savior Jesus Christ. Let us walk in Jesus Christ. Let us walk in Jesus, in the great hope He gives usóthat one day we will once again be reunited with Greg, and be together forever in the loving family of God.
This will please Greg very much!