Brothers and Sisters,

Grace be yours through Christ–the One who is, who was, and who is to come in the fullness of time. Amen.

It has been years since I have written to you, though not for lack of devotion; I have attended to you constantly in prayer, begging the intercession of Christ on your behalf, most especially in those moments of trial which you have so recently endured. May God be with you, and rescue you from all suffering.

Though I exhort you in such adversity not to forget who provides and what that provision is meant for. Do not think yourself able to mend wounds and bring the dead to life. For you call on a Spirit that is not yours to invoke; does the Spirit do your work, or the Lord’s? If it is the Lord’s, let her come at Christ’s bidding and by his commandment. It is for us, rather, to embrace the command and be hospitable to the will of God. What was it Joseph was commanded to do by Gabriel? Or Mary with the unborn Jesus? Was it Joseph’s idea to wed a woman of low degree, pregnant and an outcast? How can the mother of Christ be said to command conception of her own accord? Remember what you believe, and do not think yourselves the makers of God’s eminent will.

But in the same heart, I recognize your pain. I endure with you, my brothers and sisters, and know the ache of your hearts. Trust and faith are what we must carry with us; let go the burdens of guilt and anxiety. In the strangeness of this life, it is when we abandon all to God that we find he speaks to us most clearly.

I love you and pray for you my beloved brothers and sisters, being one with you in the body of Christ. Let whatever will manifests be God’s and God’s alone–to the glory of his holy name and for the proclamation of his holy Gospel.

In peace and love I remain, forever yours in Christ,

Jeff