A Hope That Purifies
Pastor Tony R. Nester
1 John 3:1-7
(Read passage in NRSV)
Can you recall the name of David Bloom from the Today
show? He died suddenly from a pulmonary embolism
while covering the war in Iraq. At his funeral his
wife, Melanie, read this email she received from David
just hours before his death.
...You can't begin to fathom, cannot begin to even
glimpse the enormity of the changes I have and am
continuing to undergo. God takes you to the depths of
your being, until you're at rock bottom, and then, if
you turn to Him with utter and blind faith and resolve
in your heart and mind to walk only with Him and
towards Him, picks you up with your bootstraps and
leads you home.
I hope and pray that all my guys get out of this
in one piece, but I tell you, Mel, I am at peace.
Deeply saddened by the glimpses of death and
destruction that I have seen, but at peace with my God
and with you....
Save this note. Look at it a month from now, a year
from now, ten years from now. You cannot know now, nor
do I, whether you will look back at it with tears,
heartbreak, and a sense of anguish and regret over
what might have been, or whether you will say he was
and is a changed man, God has worked a miracle in our
lives. And not to be trite, but that will set me free.
God bless you, Melanie. I love you and I know that
you love me. Please give the girls a big hug, squeeze
them tight, and let them know just how much their
daddy loves and cares for them.
With love and devotion,
David Bloom's life changed in Iraq. Something
happened that led him "walking toward God" with a
convicted heart and a convinced mind. David wanted a
reunion with his wife and children, but he didn't know
if it would come. He also looked ahead to his eternal
destiny with God. In the midst of the death and
destruction of war he was, he said, at peace with
Melanie and at pe ...
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