First, I would like to say how much I like to read Mr. Andrews’ letters. I believe he is an accomplished Bible scholar, and has done much research.
When I wrote my letters about “Sins of the Fathers,” I based them on stories I had read in the Bible. I remember things my daddy and mama would say to me when I was growing up. Daddy would say, “If you are guilty of the least, you are guilty of it all.” He would quote no chapter or verse, but somehow I knew that it was true. And how many times did I hear my mama say that “Jesus loved me?” She would quote no chapter or verse, but I did believe what she told me was true. My mama and daddy would never lie to me about that.
Although I was a child, I believed it was true. I also believe the story of the prodigal son tells a lot about family. The prodigal son left his loving family and wandered out into a world of sin. One day, when he was at his worst place in life, he remembered his father’s great love and he said to himself, “I’m going back home.” When he did go home, there was a great celebration. What a beautiful story! What if his father had not shown him such love?
In closing, I would like to quote a line from a beautiful song from the wonderful fifties. I say this to all who are in some kind of prison, “With His arms wide open He’ll part a new, it is no secret what God can do.”