An Open Letter to Dr. Charles Stanley

A Moment To Say Thank You

Dear Dr. Stanley,

You and I have never met. My circumstances are not uncommon in the world today. In fact, my situation is probably more common than any of us would care to acknowledge.

My Dad lives with my wife and me in our home. He lives here because he is unable to live alone anywhere else. We tried “assisted living centers” and we looked very briefly into nursing facilities for alternative living situations for Dad. We always came back to this: Dad needs to live with us.

Dad needs to live with us for many reasons. The most important of these is this; it glorifies God to honor Dad by caring for him nearly every moment of every day. There are no vacations. There is little time away from our residence. My wife and I are a team and we provide relief for the other. In each day there is the presence of our LORD. Doing this for Dad is an act consistent with what we have been taught by the Spirit in His Word.

My wife and I are not seeking accolades for doing the right thing. That is not the purpose of this note to you. We are blessed beyond anything we could imagine.

The reason I write is to say thank you for the sermon message you and your team presented on TCT on May 15, 2015. My wife and I don’t get to attend our church as regularly as we did before Dad moved in. It became important to find an alternative that will meet our fellowship and worship needs for the time being. That’s where you come in.

Dad generally sits in a recliner near our television. He watches, but he does not retain much of what he sees or hears. He has a dementia that is progressing. Moreover, most of what he sees and hears on the news or on an entertainment show he confuses in his mind. We need to be conscious of what is on our television at any given moment for that reason.

This morning we watched the sermon message “Guided By God.” My wife and I were edified by the message and grateful to hear it. The greater blessing was watching my Dad intently watching and listening to every word taught. He raised his hands to give glory to God. He opened his arms wide to receive the message and hopefully to receive the Spirit’s guidance. He prayed quietly at first and then with more fervor. He touched his heart and raised his hand to Heaven as if conceding his will to that of our Father.

My Dad knows Jesus is the Christ. My Dad is a believer and his name is written in the Book of Life. He is a Child of God for over 30 of his 83 years. In his dementia he cannot express his belief clearly. However, this morning it was evident the Spirit moved him by way of your sermon message.

Glory to God for all His wonders. Praise Him for the strength to carry on.

In Christ Jesus, Amen.

About Jim Barnes

A man seeking to please the Lord. A man striving to abide in Christ Jesus. A man whose hope is to see just one more come into the fold.
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