The valley experienced the loss of another sweet soul this week. This has been happening a lot since Christmas. Sometimes they are just names listed in the paper. The last couple souls are people who were deeply loved by people I love. It brings back June 7th all over again. Sometimes I think the pain is magnified, because I now share this pain with someone I love.
Today during church, people shared so many thoughtful messages. "God is good." "On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand." "The cross can save a life." The last one hit me like a brick. For many, when one of our own leaves this world via his or her own hand, we worry about their souls--their eternal life. Is this an unforgiveable sin? Based on the teachings of Christianity, the answer is no. The only unforgiveable sin is to deny Christ. Because of that, today I want to tell you the status of his eternal life is not one of my worries for Andrew. The cross did save his life the day he declared his love for Jesus by accepting Him as his personal Lord and Savior. He made it official on a sunny September day when Grandpa Bud dipped him into the Touchet River and brought him out renewed in his life with Christ. On the day he left this world, he told us he was ready to go home. I believed him then and I know he is there today.