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Saturday, September 02, 2000

Dear Sisters,

Where did the summer go? It is hard to believe that September is here already, with a new year of home schooling just around the corner.

Many readers have written such encouraging letters to Gerald and I over the past few months. How we appreciate the kind words, and the prayers that go with them. I wish I could correspond with all who write, but I simply cannot do that and be a good wife and mother too! I do read each letter that comes in, and often pray then and there for the needs these letters express.

Now here is something to think about. When you go into someone's home, what do you see? Do you see the antiques, the matching furniture, the lovely quilts, the adorable matching mom-and-daughter outfits, the new oak table, the spotless rooms? Or do you see the little children's smiling faces, the love between husband and wife, the kind deed a sister does for a toddler, the father gathering his children around the Word, a mother tenderly rocking and nursing her baby, a son faithfully doing his chores, a teenager spending time with a lonely elderly lady?

While we look not at the things which are seen
but at the things which are not seen;
for the things which are seen are temporal,
but the things which are not seen are eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4:18, NASB)


Helen E. Aardsma

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