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Hug A Loved One Today

My 23 year old brother's life was cut short in a car crash this past Sunday. I don't think he knew how much he was loved (by God, or by us)... It's too late now. I ask you: will anyone you know die not knowing they were loved if they died today? Answer this by hugging them, and letting them know.

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 ---j._nonymous on 3/11/08
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#6 However, some are wrestling with God right now. Some see this as a letter between my brother and his God, meant to be kept private out of respect for the dead. I know it is more. It is a testament my brother left behind, divinely inspired so my family could listen to the Gospel with no chance to argue. It is the gospel to my family with an exclaimation point!
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


#7 Therefore, I ask that in addition to praying consolation for my family, that you would add that my family would recieve the same gospel as my brother. That they would follow his example in repenting, and trusting him. I have been prompted by the Holy Spirit to stand back as a silent witness. They've heard all they need to hear from me. My brother has put the icing on the cake. Time to watch and pray. Thank-you all for your condolences and prayers. May the Lord bless you!
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


Hi all. I haven't blogged in a while since my brothers death (except about my wifes pregnancy). I've been reflecting and reprioritizing alot (so much on my mind right now with my son soon to be born and recent deaths)... My uncle just died of cancer this past weekend. He was 55 and saved when he died so, it's alot easier to let go of him than my brother. I just said good-bye a few weeks ago. He rejected Christ for years, but was witnessing to all his unsaved friends on his deathbed...
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


#1 Hi all. I haven't blogged in a while since my brothers death (except about my wifes pregnancy). I've been reflecting and reprioritizing alot (so much on my mind right now with my son soon to be born and recent deaths)... My uncle just died of cancer this past weekend. He was 55 and saved when he died so, it's alot easier to let go of him than my brother. I just said good-bye a few weeks ago. He rejected Christ for years, but was witnessing to all his unsaved friends on his deathbed...
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


#2 I have some news about my brother I wanted to share when the dust settled a bit. I must say, when he died there was no indication that he made heaven. I searched his room to find something to give me hope. All I found was alot of junk, dust, beer bottles, and a small wooden cross (barely noticable) hanging off of something else on the side of the room. Nothing else in the room gave me any indication that he was even searching. I have never felt such pain as when it seemed he didn't make it...
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08




#3 The next day, other family members searched his room, looking through his things. I (the token zealot) was not around. Everything was covered in dust except for one item... a little illustrated Bible. Inside was a book mark between Matthew chapter 5 and 6. Even better was a note he left behind (if you knew him, you would know he never meant it to be found). I will paraphrase what was written:
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


#4 "Lord Jesus, I thank-you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life to you, and ask you to come into my life, and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen".
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


#5 I believe with all my heart that my brother is in heaven today. That he knows in full how he is loved. That he is able to give and recieve love (and hugs) without the limitations he felt here on the earth. He was very insecure here, but never insincere. Hearing his voice profess Christ from the grave (so to speak) has been a greater witness to my family than I could ever do with 100 years of preaching. He has evangelized in a way so profound that my entire family is buzzing with the gospel.
---j._nonymous on 3/31/08


My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
After reading your blog I noticed that I haven't hugged anyone in a long time.I will make it a part of my everyday life from now onwards.(((((A BIG HUG TO MY FRIENDS & FAMILY))))
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---Ntombi_Mercy on 3/26/08


My heart goes out to you and your family at the loss of your brother. Thank you for sharing your insight and reminding us of the importance of sharing our love with one another. I will remember you and yours in my prayers. May His peace continue to abide with you even in this most difficult time.
---AlwaysOn on 3/15/08




I am soooo sorry, J-nonymous, you're in our prayers, and you're so right--we need to love people while we have them. May God bring you healing in His time.
---Mary on 3/13/08


I am sure that all new Christians are eager to share the plan of salvation with their parents and brothers and sisters or children or grandchildren.I know I was and still do.I also tell them Jesus loves them even more than I do.
---shirley on 3/12/08


Hugs are nice.

Asking our loved ones about their love for or lack of, for Jesus Christ... before it's too late is our job.
Asking our loved ones before they die - do you know Jesus Christ?

Hugs are temporary and heaven is for an eternity.
---Cindy on 3/12/08


There are loved ones that are probably asking God, why didn't my sister or brother tell me about Jesus Christ?

Why didn't anyone tell me, Why?


We are to plunder hell and populate heaven.
Hugs cannot do that. Only by receiving the gift of salvation or sharing that gift with our loved ones are we giving them the Gift of God's love that goes beyond anything we can ever give.
---Cindy on 3/12/08


When we cross over, there's a great gulf between heaven/hell and earth.

I don't know if loved ones remember hugs, but the Bible says they can remember the Word of God, rejecting it or accepting it.
---Cindy on 3/12/08


May God give you strengh to get through your grief and peace beyond human understanding. I know what it's like, to feel the sting of death, believe me when I tell you that time does not heal but it will make it easier to remember your brother without being sad.
---sue on 3/12/08


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j._nonymous, I'm so sorry to hear about your
brother's passing, and especially at such a young age. I just loss my father about a month ago... it is extremely painful. I
appreciate your words for us to ponder. All
too often we get swept up in daily routine,
etc., and we don't stop to consider how others may percieve us, and our love for them. Better to be overly demonstrative, than not demonstrative enough. Thank you for your insight.
---truthseeker on 3/12/08


I am so sorry to hear your tragic news. You and your family are in my prayers at this time.
---RitaH on 3/12/08


If I may interject on this so somber moment. How about a prayer for them.Prayers never Hurt but they Help all around.They are a salve to the hurt, wounded and Bewildered.
---Emcee on 3/11/08


I am so sorry you lost your brother.I won't say I know how you feel because I still have my brother and sister but GOD knows and HE will help you.I always tell my brother sister and children I love them every time I say good bye but thanks for the reminder.
---shirley on 3/11/08


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Please accept my condolences on your loss. My brother died suddenly on February 22nd. I always end each conversation with a family member with "I love you." I also hug everyone when we would part company.

God will comfort you, though it takes time.
---Trish9863 on 3/11/08


Joe that's tragic, thanks for bringing a solid reminder today.
---Pete on 3/11/08


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