When I was a child, my parents and I were in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. When I was a teenager, I tried to live a faithful life. However, the more I participated in the church activities, the more unexpected things I saw there. ‘This is not right . . .’ When I was confused because of all the doubts that were rising in my mind, my parents had to move to another church. That is when I ended my life of faith, being firmly determined not to go to any church.
After I got married, I put all my efforts into my work and taking care of my family. But things didn’t go the way I wanted it to. My family faced financial problems, and I felt so bad toward my family, especially toward my wife.
One day, I found out that my wife and children were attending a church near our house. I wasn’t very happy about that because of the experience I had in my teenage years, but I did not want to express my feelings to them. I let them go, thinking that it might be better for my wife if she had a place that she would go and get comforted when our family had financial problems. However, I gave them a condition. The condition was that they would not ask me to go with them.
Day by day, my wife and children looked brighter though we still had our financial problems. I became curious of their church, but I just thought, ‘All churches are the same.’ Last Autumn, one day, I came back from work and saw three letters placed on my desk. They were letters from my wife and children.
「My dear, you are having a hard time these days. I think it is my first time to write a letter to you. Since we got married, sometimes I became exhausted because our life was too difficult, but I’ve realized how blessed I am to be with you and our two children. We are having a hard time as our business is not going smoothly, but I believe that our family can have good memories and can love and depend on each other through this hardship. Thank you for taking care of me and loving me.
Honey, since the day I came to know the Church of God by chance, my life has changed so much. Now that I know the meaning of our life, I feel much less burdened and look at the world with a wider view. The reason I often talk about the church these days is because I want you to be happy even though your physical life is hard. I thought about how to deliver my mind to you, and I decided to write a letter though I’m not good at writing letters.
Honey, please open your heart a little more. It may be hard since you have no time to relax right now, but please come and see once. Whenever I see you having a hard time, I’m so heartbroken and I feel like crying. I love you more than anybody else. I want you to be happy both physically and mentally.」
「To my loving father!
Father, please listen to the words of the Bible. You will feel much better and understand why my mom and sister and I are always happy. You have to listen to the words of the Bible to understand the truth. Father, you don’t know why you were born, right? The answer is in the Bible. We pray that you will open your heart. Father, please open your heart just once.
From your loving son」
「Dad, our church is really great!
I have a lot of friends there, too. Why don’t you come? It’s really good. We keep the service there and the food is really good, too. It’s just great. I think I will become even happier if you come to church. Please come.
From your daughter」
My family’s wish came true. When I received the truth, I felt something burning inside my heart. I regretted not having attended church earlier. I feel sorry toward Heavenly Father and Mother. I give thanks to God for calling my family to the truth. I will live a faithful life so that God’s patience for me will not become in vain.
S.W. from Korea