Our Final Day in Oak Park
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
- 2005 Oct 17
9:27 AM I have one final TV interview tonight before we leave Chicago. I'm on "TLN Live!" with Jerry Rose on the Total Living Network from 0-10 PM CDT.
9:24 AM The following email arrived this morning from a woman in Delaware:
I have felt that something was missing in my life and no matter what I did I couldn't fill the void. So I turned to God thinking this is what I need. My boss who is a very spiritual man gave me your book "An Anchor for the Soul." He said that this would help me get started on my path. He was so right. I had so many questions and really had no understanding of the Bible or Jesus for that matter.
Your book really made sense to me and answered so many of my questions. It was like you wrote it just for me. Things that I thought were so confusing and never understood, you made so easy to understand. I never knew how easy it could be to be one of God's children and believe in him. I know that Jesus is our Savior and I have always believed that. But I now know I must feel it in my heart. I am just beginning my journey and it is because of your book that I feel like I can do this. I know it will not happen overnight, but I have faith that this is the answer I have been looking for. I can't thank you enough for helping me start on the right path.
9:19 AM Marlene just left to take Dixie, our miniature Schnauzer, to the Compasios. Dixie has been part of our family for seven or eight years so she has seen our boys grow up and leave home. Now that we're moving south, it's not practical for her to go with us, in part because she isn't in the best of health and in part because we'll be traveling more in the months to come. So I held her in my arms and told her thanks for taking such good care of our family. She was the friendliest dog we ever had, and she was also a fierce protector of her family. A mighty bark came out of her tiny body whenever anyone came to near our house. Marlene said she had a special bark she used whenever she saw me coming to the front door. It was very hard to say goodbye to her, but it won't be the last goodbye today.