Saturday, January 16, 1971
I gazed out the window of our small stone home in the country and saw the mailman drive away. “I’ll get the mail, Mom!” I hurriedly put on my winter coat, hat, and mittens to brave the bitter cold. I ran down the gravel driveway, scooped the letters from the mailbox, and skimmed through them as I raced back to our warm home.
I was thrilled to see a letter addressed to me from my older sister! Marsha was a freshman at the state university three hours away, so I didn’t see her often. When she came home for a visit in October, she seemed so happy, said her headaches were gone, and she broke up with her boyfriend because he wasn’t a Christian. She eagerly told me that her roommate told her how to become a Christian, and she started going to Bible classes on campus.
When she came home for Thanksgiving, she asked that we give her money for Christmas instead of presents so she could attend a missionary conference. As a sophomore in high school, I would never give up all my Christmas presents to attend some old dumb missionary conference!
Since she returned to school in January, I can’t stop thinking about how happy she is now. So I wrote her last week and asked her to tell me more about God. I eagerly took her letter to my desk in my bedroom, closed the door, and began to read.
I would love to share with you more about God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! Even though we went to church every Sunday and heard about Jesus Christ, the pastor never told us that each of us needs to personally receive Him as Savior. I am so glad my college roommate shared the good news about Christ with me our first night at college. I went to a Bible study with her, and I received Him as my Savior shortly afterwards. I am so thankful that I have a personal relationship now with Him for all eternity and my sins are all forgiven!
As it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world (Pam) that He gave His only begotten (unique) Son, that whosoever (Pam) believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” This is the most important decision of your life because it decides whether you will spend eternity with God or perish forever without Him. He loves you so much, Pam, that He died for you on the cross to bear the punishment for your sins. After three days He rose again and lives in heaven today.
I asked the campus group at noon prayer meeting today to pray for you to receive Him as your personal Savior.
Love in Christ, Marsha
I don’t think anyone has ever prayed for me before. I am so amazed that God loves me so much that He died for ME so I can be saved and be with Him for all eternity. He knows all about how shy and insecure I am, and that I am so fearful of death ever since my cousin was killed in the Vietnam war.
As my tears flowed, I bowed my head and prayed,
Dear God, I come to You as I am– a sinner. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for dying on the cross in my place for my sins and that You rose again from the grave. I receive You now as my Savior. Thank You that You love me so much! Amen.
When I opened my eyes, my heart was flooded with the peace and the joy of God, and my fear of death was gone!
I would love to share with you in this blog how God led me to become a nurse, and how He has taught me about Himself on the path of life.
If you have not received the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I invite you and encourage you to do so now as I did over 40 years ago. It has been so exciting to grow in the knowledge of my Savior and let Him lead me through the joys and the sorrows, the laughter and the tears. I look forward to that day when He takes me to heaven above in His perfect timing! “Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!” Revelation 22:20