We never know what tomorrow may bring. A wise person would never take any moment for granted. Any time we meet anyone, it may be our last time.
With all of my heart, I hope for many more years of life together with you - that my children will have many more years with their grandfather. I hope tonight is not our last meeting, but it is always a possibility. You have had many years to write all your thoughts down to me. Please allow me a little chance to say some things to you.
You have always been a good dad. And you’ve been a wonderful grandfather. The only grandfather my five girls know. Having your love in their life is making them strong, just as your love has made me strong through the years. You do realize you play a very important role in their little lives, right? If ever you feel weak and lose the will to persevere, would you please remember their five faces and fight to stay alive? Your life will strengthen them. To lose you would cause a great hole in their hearts. Please fight to stay with us.
Dad, I know that you are willing to die for a good cause. That’s what makes you a remarkable man. But since I don’t know if I’ll ever get the chance to say this again, please allow me to say now: “You are not yet ready for eternity.” Dear Dad, if Heaven were made for righteous men, you would be the first person admitted. I don’t know of any other man more righteous than you in all of history. You live up to your name. But entrance into Heaven is not through a man’s own righteousness.
Dear Dad, you have read about all the different religions. Almost all religions are the same. They talk about ‘being good.’ But the Bible is different from all others. The Bible says that no one is good. Not even one. “No one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, it is through the law we become conscious of sin.” Meaning, the purpose of the ‘do good’ laws is to show us how much we sin.
I have heard you quote First Corinthians 13 many times. “Love is patient, love is kind...” It is a wonderful reminder of how to love others, and at the same time it shows us plainly how often we fail, especially with those closest to us. How often have I failed to show patience and kindness to my own kind mother and sweet children?
We cannot enter Heaven based on our own righteousness. You have said in your own letters to me that you, too, have often failed. No matter how ‘good’ we are in this life, “there is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” The only righteousness God accepts “comes through faith in Jesus Christ.” Meaning, faith is the righteousness with which we must wear to gain entrance into Heaven.
It is midnight now. I wonder if I should write more or stop. This very morning, we celebrated Easter. We celebrated Jesus’s dying on the cross and rising from the dead after 3 days. Dear Dad, you have spent an entire lifetime following Jesus’ many good teachings. As you now put your own life on the line for Taiwan’s democracy, could you please spend some time reflecting on why Jesus sacrificed his life? Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins, so that if you believe in Him, you will be forgiven, and you will be declared righteous by God Himself.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.“
Dear Dad, as a gift to your daughter, please give me more chances to discuss life with you.
Love you so much,
April 21, 2014
Love you so much,