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Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)
TITLE: The Letter
By Marilyn Schnepp
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Pastor Gould placed the letter on his desk, got up and strolled over to the window, then with both thumbs tucked inside his belt he stared out into God's winter wonderland.
Evergreen trees stood silently against a background of bright blue sky. An eagle soared loftily through puffy white clouds that matched the glistening white snow blanketing the top of a distant mountain. <i>What awesome beauty, Lord! And to think I've been told all my life, first by my mother then again by my wife to - "Go change your tie Harley, blue and green doesn't blend, mix or match!" But Lord, Your exquisite display of blues and greens in nature makes me wonder...What kind of fools are we - lowly Man, thinking we know more about color schemes than the Creator of the Universe."</i>
Sighing audibly, Pastor Gould finally turned away from the window and returned to the duties at hand...the letter.
"Dear Pastor Gould,
"Please help me to understand something that has been bothering me night and day for years.
"The Bible states 'the Lord God omnipotent reigneth'. "Omnipotent is defined in the Dictionary as 'the Almighty God or Deity having infinite power and unlimited authority'; thus, with all His repertoire of worlds and planets in a vast universe to choose from, WHY on Earth would God send Lucifer a/k/a Satan down to <i>THIS</i> planet where Man was just taking his very first baby steps into this thing called Life?
"Planets Saturn, Jupiter or Pluto for instance, had no life...so why didn't God send him there or elsewhere, where he could not corrupt, harm or tempt God's newest and most beloved creation called Man?
"The Bible also states that "Man was made just a little lower than the Angels"; and since a third of the angels believed Satan's lies and fell to Earth with him; how in Heaven's name could God expect lowly, dust-made Man to resist the devil's lies when even Angels could not do so?
"It just doesn't make sense to me, Pastor. I know it is wrong to question God - but I desperately need answers. I want so much to go to heaven and see Jesus, and thank Him for giving His life for me, and to live with Him forever and ever - where there is no more war, no more crying, sickness, death, sorrow or pain.
"Please help me to understand the "Why?" - so that my mind can be at rest.
"Thank you, Pastor Gould; I await your answer."
The letter was signed by one of his faithful flock.
Taking pen in hand and a heartfelt prayer for wisdom, the young pastor took out a piece of Church stationary and wrote "December 25, 2006" at the top of the page.
"Dear Sister in Christ,
"Please take note of the date on this letter. This may very well be the reason God picked planet Earth as the dumping ground for the devil. If we hadn't had the misfortune of housing that old troublemaker for all these years - we might not be celebrating Jesus' birthday today.
"We would never have known a Christmas. No joyous songs, no stories of Bethlemen, Babe in the manger, shepherds, the three Wise Men and the Bright Star that led them to Jesus' birth place. We might never have known Jesus or loved Him as our Savior, the One who came down to Earth to be One of us and One with us; and then love us so much that He died in our stead, to save us from our sins
"Look what we would be missing if Nevaeh, Retsea or some other planet somewhere in the far reaches of God's Universe were celebrating Jesus' Birthday instead of us?
"Today we are happily and joyfully celebrating our Savior's birth here on our very own turf; the Only planet in God's vast Universe that rightfully holds the honor to celebrate His birth.
"I wish you Joy and Love this Holiday Season, and that your mind will find peace at last, as you join all of earth's Christians in singing "Joy To <i>THIS </i> World" on this 25th Day of December.
"With God's blessings,"
References: All KJV
Ps 8:5, Heb 2:7
Rev 12:9, Isa 14:12
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