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It’s Only Stuff

Auction of Dan's Brother's Estate
Auction of Dan's Brother's Estate

On March 8, I (Dan) attended the auction of the estate of my late brother who was killed in a farm accident last August. It was difficult to see many of the tools and machines that my father and brother had used sold to the highest bidder. Our family had been farming for over 100 years since my great-grandparents came to the U.S. from Sweden, and this auction marked the end of that era.

Although it made me sad to see all the things being sold, I reminded myself that it was only “stuff” that would not last forever anyway. What really matters is not “stuff” but people and God’s will for them. We all need to focus on eternity because the only things on this earth that will last forever are people’s souls and God’s Word.

October 2009 Family Update

In July, Jenny traveled to Mexico, to teach English and work with a local church. Her desire is to support herself financially teaching English while working with the church ministry. We hope she will be able to come home for Christmas.

In August, Emily began pursuing a business major at Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana. Since she is only an hour’s drive from home, we do get to see her once in a while.

This fall semester, John decided to change his major to business and marketing which seems like a good fit since he is an excellent salesman.

With all three children away from home, we (Dan and Barb) are enjoying our empty nest. Although we sometimes miss our children, our desire is that they become independent from us and follow the Lord.

The Fragility of Life

Dan with his brothers, Rick and Bob

A number of events these past few months have caused me (Dan) to reflect on the fragility of our lives. First, we, like millions of others, experienced significant financial loss.

Then in August, my brother, Rick, was killed in a farm accident when some heavy steel corral panels fell on him. No one expected such a sudden ending of his life on earth. My brother, Bob, and I were thankful that we had had a good time with him just one month before when we took the photo below. (Rick is on the left.)

This past week, a neighbor boy only a few doors down from our house died from a drug overdose. He lived a troubled life, and it was disturbing to see it end at only 21 years of age.

All of these earthly troubles remind me that our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, not in ourselves or other people. My brother, Rick, had that hope, and he is with his Lord, but I wonder whether the neighbor boy had any hope.

We desire to continue in our ministry with HCJB Global and our local church because we want others to know that this fragile life only makes sense when it revolves around Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul said, “He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17 NIV