To all the followers and readers of this blog, I have some very sad news to report. I normally don’t report much in the way of personal information on this blog, but this past Saturday my dad passed away. He died of his own deliberate choice, suicide. It has been a major shock, from the moment that the police detective showed up at my door Saturday. He had been struggling with grief from the death of my mother earlier in the year. Although I know that suicide is a grave sin, in fact it is murder – murder of the self. Yet, at the same time, I also know that suicide is not the unforgivable sin. My dad was a Christian. When he was justified, all of his sins, past, present, and future were forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross. I believe that he’s in heaven right now. Yet, I am here, and remain in a grieving state. God is good, nonetheless, and this event did not surprise him. God knew that my dad was going to take this action long before he ever took it. My Christian faith remains unshaken even in these dark times. I would be in complete despair if Jesus Christ were not the Lord and Savior of my life. I don’t know how it would be possible to live life in such a hopeless state as one who did not have the relationship with Christ that I have. Life is like a fleeting shadow, an individual can be here one day breathing, walking, driving, eating, etc and the next day into another world. This really causes you to contemplate life and the deep things of our existence. I pray that you may all have a blessed Christmas celebrating the first advent of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!