Sept 3, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Job 19:23-29
“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” (Psa 45:1 NKJV)
I will not be able to meet all the readers of these emails. Although I would truly love to meet you some day. For now I will be satisfied to just share a little of my heart through this method.
I want to share briefly, “Why I love to write.”
- I love to write because I love the Living Word—Jesus Christ.
John 1 speaks of Christ as the Word. Through his coming, the Father’s heart and mind is revealed to us. If even one person would be lead to Christ through these e-mails, that would suffice to cheer me on. I am looking forward to meeting you at the marriage supper of the Lamb. We’ll sit down together to a feast prepared by the Lord himself, the Living Word. Praise Him.
- I love to write because I love the written Word—the Bible.
It is my staff and comfort on our journey through this shadowland. I rejoice in its exceeding great and precious promises. I love its stories and its conviction power in my own life and in the lives of others. It is a sure foundation. Oh, what a rock to build our lives on, and a rule for families and fellowships. The unchanging Word of God is our guide to heaven.
- I love to write because I love the beauty and power of words.
I get so excited and inspired when words communicate the Truth, and when good illustrations make the Truth alive. As Parkinson’s disease gradually erodes my ability to write, I feel a sense of urgency to continue as long as possible. What fulfillment and joy I find in writing!
With an eye of faith, I see you opening these e-mails, reading the words and pondering the meaning. My desire is that God will speak to you by the scriptures that are given. That you will find peace with God, or encouragement to keep on in the faith, as you fall on your knees before Him. I look forward to meeting you at the gate of heaven. Our tears then will be because of joy. Pray for me, that even in my suffering I may contribute something of lasting value. Keep on keeping on.
NOTE: Brother James wrote this three or four years ago, but I thought it would be worth re-posting it. He is no longer able to write these emails but we are still drawing from them for continued inspiration.