Patt's Perspective

December 13, 2017


Dear Family and Friends, to those in the USA and those around the world,

   Greetings to you during this blessed season of celebrating Christ’s birth.

   My family and I are coming to the end of our first year of firsts since J.L. died. It has been a year full of grief and the beginnings of acceptance, of sadness and happy remembrances, and of moving forward with a special awareness of the Lord’s tender care and His healing touch to the needs of our hearts. I decided to include the last picture that was taken of J.L. and me, on the evening of December 26th. We had no idea, of course, that he would be gone about 36 hours later. 

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November 21, 2017



Dear Friends,

   My family and I wish you and your families a most blessed Thanksgiving!

  We are looking forward to being together this week, rejoicing in God’s faithfulness for the past 11 months. Even though we will miss J.L. more than words can express at times, our happy memories with him will carry us through the sad times.

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October 10, 2017

Dear Friends and Partners,

   Greetings to you all during this Fall season!

   Yes, it’s time to post J.L.’s article on Halloween again. It’s one of at least three times each year when our attention is taken from the goodness of God and turned 180 degrees toward the evil one.  

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September 19, 2017


“…I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor,

now is the day of salvation.”

2 Corinthians 6:2b


Dear Friends and Partners,

   A recent letter from a friend of ours referred to J.L. as my “late husband”. I understood what she meant, but I had to laugh. Those of you who knew J.L. were very much aware that he was never “late”. In fact, one of his favorite expressions was, “If you’re on time, you’re late.” Our children and I spent many a Sunday in a nearly empty sanctuary because we were there so early. He even wrote a book called, What Time Is It?  You can click on the title and it will take you to our website to download.

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September 15, 2017

“I consider my life worth nothing to me,

if only I may finish the race and complete

 the task the Lord Jesus Christ has given me —

the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”

Acts 20:24

The Gospel of God’s Grace

Dear Friends and Partners of JLPF,

     It has been quite some time since you last heard from me. Since J.L. died, the most common thing I am asked is, “How are you doing?” It’s a fair question.  Some days are wonderful and I feel completely sustained by the Holy Spirit.  Then there are days when something happens – like I hear a worship song we both loved, or I eat a food we enjoyed…or maybe nothing at all – and my emotional feet are knocked out from under me. So, if I ever hesitate in my response to your question, it may be because I’m having a rough time. Please know I am grateful that you asked and I am thankful for your prayers. As each month passes, the grieving lessens just a little bit more.

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