Jesse M. Hendley
I have here a letter I want to read to you,, and then I want to speak to you from the Book of Daniel, chapter 2 verse 17. Here is the letter. I'll not tell where it is from.
"Dear Brother Hendley: I have heard you preach over the radio. Though I have never seen you I feel as though I know you personally and I count you as a personal friend. So many times I have wanted to write you but I hardly know how to say what I want to say. This morning your message seemed to be a heart-to-heart talk with me. You would make a statement and in my mind a question would arise, and then you would give the answer not knowing I was even listening, of course. In the message this morning you said God would answer prayer and how through prayer He could perform miracles. Nothing less than a miracle performed by our God can help my problem. You see my husband is literally drinking himself to death. To see what it does to him is most terrible, but it also affects my two fine boys.
My oldest son left home because of this, and my younger son is so nervous and afraid of his daddy. My husband is so mean to us. Not only does he beat us (me, usually) but the things he says and the things he accuses me of are all but unbearable. I have no feeling of guilt because I know, and God knows that I am not guilty. Surely I am a sinner, but I mean I am not guilty of the things he accuses me of. It hurts to have him say such horrible, ugly things to me. I know he isn't all bad. I know that somewhere hidden in his heart is a desire to turn to Christ, but he won't give in to this. I know this because he never fails to mention the fact that he isn't a Christian, even though he joined the church when he was a child. I am not the one to say whether he is or is not a Christian; that is between him and his Master.
I know that I myself am a Christian, and I have prayed and prayed for him. It may be that I did not know how to ask, or what to ...
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