Sometimes empowered, sometimes bewildered, always glad
13 July 2021 |
Dear Aunt Sevvy,
I just want to say that I enjoy your weekly column very much. I am an 83-year-old white-haired gentleman. (I do try to be gentle in all matters). Each week I look forward to your wisdom and candor and relaxed personal approach. Sometimes I feel empowered by your words, sometimes a little bewildered, but I’m always glad to have the input.
Your column probably means more to me than to some who are lifelong Adventists. I have loved the Lord and His church by whatever name throughout my 83 years. My earliest memories are of being carried to church by my parents. However I spent 65 of these 83 years in Sunday churches. When the Holy Spirit led me to the Seventh-day Adventist Church (I prefer our full name to just SDA), it was truly a new birth. I had been immersed and was assured I did not need re-baptism, but I really wanted to be born anew from above. I will add I was not an easy convert. The Bible studies became very detailed studies. It took six months. I was firmly committed to the Bible. With Bible in hand, careful study guides, a wonderful godly teacher, and much gentleness I became convinced the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the most biblical Church. The Bible convinced me; good, godly humans mentored me; and the church welcomed me.
Thank you for your weekly words, and thank the people of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for accepting me, walking those difficult first steps gently with me, and continuing to nurture and mentor me.
God Be With You,
Larry K. Sullivan
Powder Springs, GA