I hope you are still praying for Sam. I am.
He is getting help, and he seems better. But I’m sure he still need help–and prayer.
There were no drugs in his system. And they even tested for synthetic drugs.
Just a few days after the event at my house, Same sent me an apology. Here it is:
“Dear Mr. Hemphill,
First of all, I want to express how deeply sorry I am over the events which occurred at your home on Friday. I honestly do not remember most of what happened or why it happened. I know it sounds strange but I truly believe that some invisible force overpowered me to the point that I had zero ability to resist the power which led to major damage to your beautiful home.
The last few days have been extremely confusing and scary for me as I am sure they have been for you but I humbly ask for your forgiveness in this matter. I totally understand if you wish to never see me or speak to me again because I would feel that way if the roles were reversed. However, I truly want to continue being mentored by you. You helped ignite a passion for Christ inside my soul and for that I am eternally grateful. You, Steve, are the godliest man I have ever known and everyone who comes in contact with you feels the same way. I hope we can put this behind us and if there is anything you ever need from me, I am at your service. I can never repay or atone for the sins I committed against you last week.
In closing, please accept my apology and please don’t forsake me as your pupil in Christ. That is too difficult for me to bear because I truly love you as a brother in Christ.
Humbly your friend,
I forgave him. And have been at Bible studies with him since that time. I have hugged him. And I have prayed for him.
But don’t think for a minute that this is not a real war; that Satan and his angels are real; and that they aren’t after you and me.
It’s probably not best for me to be too close to him, since he has a tendency to think too highly of me. I’m just a servant of Jesus who is trying to act like Jesus and bring others to Jesus.
One of my favorite quotes from Charles Spurgeon is a little know one: “If you are a Christian, you are either a missionary or an impostor.”
How about you? I HOPE you are a missionary. And I hope you are helping fund the mission. One day at a time.
Steve Hemphill, author / inspirational speaker
“My Search for the Real Heaven”
(Also Available In Spanish)
“My Search for the Real Heaven Workbook”
“My Search for Prayers Satan Hates”
“What Are The Stakes?”