I feel sad that you will be gone for the next few months from 519. 😦
But, the fact that this is a good way for you to recover and come back here makes me feel comforted. Bro, just take care of yourself, do what you like the most, take good rest and of course enjoy your dates :-). I understand that it will be hard for you to pray, so I will be praying for you everyday. “He is the Way, Truth and Life.” So bro, I pray that He will show you the way to find the truth that you are seeking and eventually that can give a new life in you. Take care Bro! I Love You.
Dan’s letter (Apr. 29, 2010)
Well, today is the day you leave us and go back to Korea for a while. I don’t know where I will be when you return, and I don’t know for how long this is “good bye” for. Regardless, I think it’s a good time to write you a letter and tell you a few things.
I remember first meeting you at small group in Lyman and talking for the first time (substantially anyway) during the IV retreat. At that point, I felt caught between two worlds at Stanford; one, where things were far away from “IV-like”, and another where I was part of a deeply Christian community. I was comfortable in neither. In the first, although I felt I could truly be myself and not worry about saying or acting the right way. I always encountered a disconnect on a belief-system level. In the second, I had a lot more in common spiritually, but didn’t feel it was real or something I could relate with. You were the first friend I had here where I felt I could be truly “real” with – no need to act any certain way, while sharing much of the same spiritual values. You were my first good friend.
All this is to say is that you are a dear friend & whom I’ve grown to love and admire. I’ve learned a lot from you about what commitment to faith looks like. You’ve held on and sought God in earnest, through suffering that I’ve never experienced. You approach life with honesty and integrity. I admire you.
We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs and one of my biggest regrets has been that I haven’t been a more consistent friend to you. It’s been a slow process of really trying to understand where you are coming from and although I will never fully understand. I hope I am getting closer. There is much more I could say, but I will save it for another day.
B-Ha, I hope your time at home is truly healing. You have been a source of great happiness in my time at Stanford, and it pains me to see you so sad. Rest in your family, friends, home, and your God. And if you need words of encouragement, give me a call!
See you soon,
P.S. suggested theme for Korea: “Heal over” by KT Tunstel
I will be thinking of you and praying for you even when I am in Texas. Praying God his close and his presence felt that I see you again soon!