Just received, this thank you card, anonymous, unsolicited. Gives me hope for what I do...
Dear Bishop Hansen,
Thank you for your fine writings in the newspaper. I always look forward to the next one. Your style is clear, your message joyful. Hope jumps off the page. My reaction is always a pulse-quickening "Yes!" There is powerful medicine in the words you share.
I attend a local Catholic church, but I readily see the beauty in many paths to God. Labels are for soup cans; an earnest yearning for God transcends them.
May years ago I painfully lost my way, but never entirely my hope. How many years I wasted! How patient is our God! He never gave up on me. How hungry I was to return to the banquet--devouring books, writing, taking classes. My family said I was "going overboard" in my search. They did not understand my hunger!
That's why your newspaper pieces are so important--they feed the spirit in quiet joy and remind us what is most important.
My life has some major challenges that often bring me to my knees. It is on those knees that I know He is with me, and with Him I have Easter in July. I have His promises for greater things to come.
Thank you again for sharing the best news. Thank you for the hope.
May God bless you.
A friend in Christ