Pastor Shawn Hannon
Hope Lutheran Church, Arcade, NY
I hope like his letter instructs I’m able to stay grounded and keep things in perspective, to see richness in complications, and to be sure of my convictions knowing God has more for me to do. This letter may have been written over 13 years ago, but its delivery is right on time.
I don’t know what my Pop Pop’s plan for this letter was, but I’m glad to have it. It was the lone scribbles in one particular spiral notebook found while cleaning out his apartment.
At the time he wrote it I was 24 years old. Carol and I had been married for 9 months. I was on my internship in Raleigh as one of my final steps before becoming a pastor. He was the most faithful man I know, and, in addition to being my grandfather, he was my Godfather.
I have to hand it to you. You’re embarking on a career that will carry you to unimaginable places-physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. Even more, they will come simultaneously in varying degrees of intensity. This is * the good, because some things are more important than others. Prioritize and then keep things in their proper proportion.
Having a wife and children (not yet, but someday) will, no doubt, complicate things. This may be all the better since a complicated formula usually produces a far richer product than something simple and dull.
You have shown much energy and intellect in your pursuits thus far and have had much success as a result. Things may not always work out. Try your best and be sure your convictions. If it still doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to “shake the sand of that place from your sandals” and move on. You have more to do.
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