Wow. The letter below may be one of the most powerful letters I’ve received…
I recently received it (hand written) in the mail. I had to read it several times because I didn’t quite understand what it was saying. Perhaps, it’s because the gift of “confession” is something that’s so foreign in our society and our churches (including the church I pastor).
Perhaps, it’s because we take our shots and jabs at most anything that smells of the elevation of morality. But…
I was inspired and convicted by the letter because it’s easy for us to diagnose or take a moral inventory for the sake of taking a moral inventory but it takes courage (and grace) to act upon those revelations we receive.
Dear Eugene Cho,
I am a former member of your church in the early 80’s. Over a period of one summer, I cleaned the church while there was a need in between custodial help (I was a teacher with summers free).
Recently while taking a moral inventory while engaging in the 12 steps, it came to my consciousness that I had at some point padded my hours.
Enclosed please find a check in the amount of $200 to repay money that I did not earn plus interest.
Trying to follow God’s leading in all areas of my life.