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Letter to my Grandson Xavier--#4

April 11, 2011

Dear Xavier,

Grandpaandgrandson It's Sunday morning and I'm waiting for Grandma Thorp to get out of the shower so I can start getting ready for church.  I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed spending some extended time with you and your parents at your home in North Carolina.

We loved it all.  Looking through the pictures from our little Olympus digital camera and my Flip video camera, I see all the great times.  You are part of a great family and they all love you very much.  Grandma and I loved getting to know your dad's parents, your Grandma and Grandpa Jones.  They are great people and we are happy that you have a chance to get to know and spend time with them.

As I write this, I know that you will be leaving for church too where your dad will be delivering a message about hope that comes through knowing Jesus Christ.  We saw him deliver the message last week at another church.  His message was clear and it was strong.

Grandma Thorp and I pray everyday that you get to know Jesus in a very personal and face-to-face way and that he become the number one relationship in your life.

She and I grew up going to church.  She grew up at Immanuel Lutheran in DesPlaines, Illinois and I grew up at Immanuel Lutheran in Bay City, Michigan. 

It was there that we learned more about Jesus and God the Father and the Holy Spirit. 

The world is pretty quirky and can get crazy.  But the answers and the hope lie in your relationship with Jesus.  As you get older, ask your Dad and Mom about Jesus and what he means to them.

You and I will get more chances to talk about this.  When you and your folks are in Bosnia and when you're probably walking, we can cruise around town talking about this and everything else.

I love you and I'm proud of you.

You are a winner.

Grandpa Thorp