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Issue 3

Random Recipients,

Hey. We must welcome Elizabeth as a permanent member. Yay! Welcome to ranks of the Random Recipients, Eliz!!! I just finished off this really awesome tape, from back in '96. I've listened to it a plethora of times over the years, but I wanna share this really cool song with you all. Remember, unlike before, when the whole world would have received this, only you seven are. Consider yourselves priveleged. Anyway, It's a song off of the Steven Curtis Chapman tape, "Sings of Life" called "Hold on to Jesus". I'm sure that some of you have heard this song before. The words are:

I have come to this ocean
And the waves of fear are starting to grow
The doubts and questions are rising with the tide
So I'm clinging to the one sure thing I know

I will hold on to the hand of my Savior
And I will hold on with all my might
I will hold loosely to things that are fleeting
I will hold on to Jesus for life

I've tried to hold many treasures
They just keep slipping through my fingers like sand
But there's one treasure that means more than breath itself
So I'm clinging to it with everything I am

Like a child holding on to a promise
I will cling to His word and believe
As I press on to take hold of that
For which Christ Jesus took hold of me

Hold on for life

-Steven Curtis Chapman

Yeah. That's what I've been clinging to right now, as most of you saw in my last edition (Will: You'll be getting a copy in the mail. It's an essay I wrote for you that explained how I feel so well I had to share it. It'll come with your presents, dude. They're on their way!!!). But I've been entering a period of renewal, where I am choosing to cling to Jesus, rather than finding Him as a sort of "last resort". I'm "starting over", because, as Donald Miller says, "Starting over always feels good." I can only start over spiritually, but that's all I want. Stuff's been gathering in my life and happening that sets this up as the perfect time for starting over and a restoration of my faith. And no, I never lost faith. In fact, it has grown since moving here, and certainly over the past month. But I wanted more, and God has shown me the way. Praise Him for his righteousness!!!


Copyright 2001, Matthew Hoskin