[Note: I wrote this letter in light of the fact that for years, he had stopped professing to be a Christian.]

Feb 13, 2000

Dear B.,
          True letters are hardly written these days, but I feel inspired by the novel I have been reading for my Literature class at UCSD. I've been meaning to write you this letter for some time now but never sat down to actually do it. It has been - amazingly - three years since we last spoke. So I'm not even sure if this letter will get to you and if it does, how you will receive this, but I trust the One who prompts me to write.
          Who are you now? And how has life treated you? What are your hopes and dreams? I hardly know.
          But as for me - good things, such wonderful things - life is very good. God has been gracious to me. In these past years, He has permitted me the inexplicable wonder of getting to know Him better day by day. It has been such a wonder to me to know a Love so deep, so boundless and so unrelenting. His promises, His mercies, His forgiveness - they are like nothing I could've ever fathomed. He has changed me so - and given me a wondrous reason to live and to die... :)
          And so you must wonder why I'm sharing this with you. It's because awhile back, I was doing this Bible study which asked a question to reflect back on certain people that God placed in my life to draw me into His presence. So I reflected, and you were a very important stepping stone - though I know you didn't know; yet God often does things that we could hardly imagine or see.
          As you know, in 8th grade, I had an incredible crush on you, and a huge factor that attracted me to you was your seeming passion for God. I have always, always been interested in spiritual things. I was always intent on knowing what the purpose to life was, why were we all created, is there a Creator? And I have not always known the answers to these questions. How I wanted to know if there was a God of love and if so - did He love me? And you were always at church on Sundays when I called to talk about our homework. I had to wonder at why you would devote so much time to this One called Jesus Christ. It made an impression on my heart and I wanted to know more. Can you believe it?
          Well, Jeremiah 29:13 says that God says, "You will seek me and find when you seek me with all your heart." So I sought Him with an open heart and empty hands and what I found was so much more than I ever bargained for. He has filled both my heart and my hands with a completeness and a Joy that nothing in this world can compare to.
          I don't know at all, of course, if you (still) believe in this God or know His Son Jesus as your Lord anymore, but if you don't and if you do, I wanted to testify that God is real and God is good. He used you as an instrument that I might know Him... and now get to enjoy Him - and forever! So, anyway, I wanted to thank you.
          John 1:12 says, "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God." Isn't it something that this is all it takes to become the child of the King?
          This letter goes out to you with much joy and prayer for your life and your future in His hands.

Much love in Christ,
your friend,
Mary Ann

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