Dear Sally and Chris,
Death which seems so cruel, can be gentle and sweet when we suffer it with our Savor. God is the great comforter; only He can speak to your hearts and give you His peace which goes beyond your understanding. I pray for you during this time of loss.
Even though we have never meet you, we know you by praying for your precious Shawn, and through your sister, Sandra. I know that words are shallow at this time, but Shawn served his purpose on earth even though it was just a short while. In Christ, nothing is lost. Yes, it is lost to us in the temporal, but it is gained for you in the eternal.
Faith looks beyond the pain, wrapped in veil of time, and sees God’s eternal purposes beyond it all. “For our light afflictions which is for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal but the thing which are not seen are eternal.”
You will never be the same again. Shawn has etched a place in your heart which will be there forever. This scare in your heart will be used by God to heal others. What a gift to you, and your world, which only this tiny baby could bring.
Scott and I love you and hope to meet you someday real soon.
All our love,
Scott and Sylvia Pearce
It’s Never Been the Human “I”
I have for many years only seen in Roman 7:7-25 a description of the dynamic between law and personal sin and guilt. But thanks to you Sylvia, I have realized that it is not about my personal guilt for the sins I have committed, has never been about my independent self-guilt and will never be, but about satanic energy filling my cup, thereby using my mind and emotions during sinning and adding a real bite of personal guilt afterwards. Now I reread Romans 7 and see it very clearly. Paul is talking about satan using us because we do not know what we are in Christ, we are not confident of what Paul said in Rom 5, 6 and 7:1-6. As if we could just deny that and reintroduce my guilt, my sin, my problem, totally fooled by Satan.
I looked up bluteletterbible.com to get a commentary on Romans 7:7 and forwards, and there it was almost immediately my former view, seeing a description of the dynamics of law and sin and sure enough my own personal guilt, my own independent self sinning and really deserving the pain of guilt afterwards. So, as you say, many Christians believe a lie. And after this I had to rephrase the confession of sin that we (Catholics) say at the beginning of the mass to the following (which I say when the others say the old false one): "I confess to God almighty and all of you that satanic force have used my thinking, my words, my actions and omissions, this is the sin of the law thinking satanic mind, the big sin, the very big sin of the law thinking satanic mind, and therefore I ask you all to trust the Word of God and realize that we are dead to satan, to sin and therefore to all guilt through the loving Christ and his Cross."
I want to thank you so much for this enormous clarification of a rather central point, the central point in Christian faith. Of course Norman said this too and many before him. But you made me see it.
“Few people see the truth of ‘Not, I but Christ;” but even fewer see the truth:“Not I but sin (satan).” )
The source of righteousness or sin has never been produced by the human “I”. Righteousness and Sin are either the expression of Christ, or of Satan. Big news! So big that not knowing where the sin comes from is like the Hoover Dam blocking the free waters of the Holy Spirit. Knowing that the human “I” is not the culprit nor the initial sinner is huge; the human is only the secondary deceived person expressing sinful behavior. When we are deceived no more, the blinders come off, then the Hoover Dam of condemnation and guilt come down and the Living Water of the Spirit, like the mighty Niagara, will flow forth truth, righteousness and Spirit freedom. (SYLVIA PEARCE)