- It was great being back at church today! I really did not enjoy staying home last Sunday, even though I didn't really have a choice, being that it was way too soon after my surgery for me to get out. I felt pretty good today, but tomorrow will be the real test for me. Keep me in prayer.
- Thank you for the "surprise" birthday party! Like I said, I really was surprised, albeit earlier than you intended. Your cards and gifts meant a whole lot to me. Thank you for your love and concern.
- We're getting close to the end of our Nothing's Too Hard for God campaign. Let me encourage you to finish strong. Stay plugged in to your small groups, and don't miss any Sunday services for the rest of the series.
- Thank God for the time change this weekend. This is the good one! I'd rather fall back than spring forward.
- I pray you'll all have a great week!
November 13, 1989. 11:30 AM I had just finished my lunch in the teacher's workroom and was walking back to my classroom. I was teaching at San Jacinto Elementary in San Angelo, Texas at the time. Up until then, it had been a typical November day. As I walked past the school office, the door swung open, and a fellow teacher stepped out with a look of concern on her face. She spoke directly to me and said, “Your wife’s on the phone, and it sounds serious.” I ran into the office, took the phone, and heard my wife say, “I don’t know what happened, but your brother is on life support in a hospital in Austin.” Twelve hours later, my father and I were sharing a room in a hotel on I-35 in Austin. My sister-in-law, Sandy, and her six-year-old daughter, Araceli, were in a room across the hall. I hardly slept that night. I would doze off and suddenly wake up to my father crying and calling out my brother’s name. My brother was dead. Osiel had collapsed that morning while his high s