Thursday, June 08, 2006

"Do not hang on to the things of this world too tightly."

I've actually been following this story pretty closely because one of the sets of grandparents lives in PORTLAND, MAINE (my hometown)!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade - kept in heaven for you.... In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold.. may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed." - 1 Peter 1:3-7

This will be our last post from this website and we want to thank you for your prayers and the support you've shown throughout this entire situation. We continue to lean on the Lord for our strength and will need your prayers throughout these coming days, weeks, and months. We know and trust that God will take care of us - he is always faithful and will remain so as his Word tells us.Our final encouragement to all is this: Do not hang on to the things of this world too tightly. Life here is but a vapor and there is an eternity ahead. Consider what God calls us to do -

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where theives break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Let us continue to reach out to those around us who need prayer, love, and encouragment. As you remember the Van Ryn and Cerak families, let us encourage you to look to your neighbors as well. God calls us to love.Within the next 24 hours we will be getting rid of this blog. How the Cerak's choose to update on Whitney's progress is up to them.Thanks again.

Posted by the Van Ryn family.


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