Dear Kes, Miss Mads, Landon, Lexlex, Claire-bear, Natnat, Benj, Autumn, and Oliver,
Today we wish we could be with each one of you! What a special day it is…Easter…this day we celebrate that Jesus beat death and Satan and came back to life!
We celebrate because when Jesus did this, He made it possible for each one of us to become clean and pure before God! Jesus took our punishment for sins and paid for them on the cross. All we have to do is to accept His gift of Salvation and ask Him to forgive us!
And then we're Clean before God! We are His children! That's really something to celebrate, isn't it?!
We were very blessed when God gave us your dads to be our little boys! We wanted to do a good job raising them. Sometimes it was hard, other times, not so much and a lot of times it was fun. We love them very much!
And then your parents were blessed with each one of you. And we got to be too!
We love each one of you dearly. It's not easy for Nana and Papa to be so far away from you a lot of the time. Every now and then, Nana will say to Papa, "I sure wish I could hug my grandkids and make a craft with them today!" And some days when it's hot, Papa will say to Nana, "I wish I could go pick up my grandkiddos and take them all to Dairy Queen!!"
So why do we live over here? And give up our times with you?
In our lives, Nana and Papa have messed up at times, and you know? When we came back to God to say how sorry we are, He has always come running to meet us and to forgive us! He gives us back His joy and peace! How can we not want to tell people who still don't know about Jesus' love, so that they can have a chance to ask Jesus to save them?!
God has called us to be His Disciples (or His followers) when He saved us. So we are doing what a disciple does. He follows and obeys His Master. That's not always easy or what we want to do, but it is the way that we choose to live because we owe Jesus our lives and we love Him with everything in us! And you are special because, that is the way your other grandparents have chosen to live too.
We know that sometimes you don't think it's safe for us to live out here, but WE don't want to live safe and easy…many followers will choose to do that.
We know that it will cost us something to follow Jesus. But it is our JOY to live for Him and to be right where He tells us to be.
We know that obeying Jesus' commands is the key to full protection from the enemy. Obedience is what places us in the shadow of the Almighty God, and any evil that comes against us will have to go through God first! Isn't that the best Safety of all? We know so!
So Papa and Nana know that one of the best blessings we can give to each one of you, is for us to live in obedience to Jesus. He blesses our obedience and turns around and He blesses you too!
There is no greater Joy than living in close fellowship with Jesus! We know that from Experience.
We trust each of you to Jesus and we pray for you faithfully and we always will!
With hearts bursting with love for you,
Nana and Papa
We dedicate this song to you today:
To The King