Grand Rapids, Mich.
My last letter I wrote to you from Platte, South Dakota. But, as I wrote then, I could not stay there much longer because of the army of hunters that invaded that part of our country, and I could not find a suitable place to lodge. After all, I was sorry, as far as the work was concerned, that I could not stay longer. For although at the time I wrote my last letter to you, things did not appear very bright, towards the end I felt rather encouraged, and began to have hope that the Lord might open the way there to organize a Protestant Reformed Church. The audiences improved. Especially on the last Sunday evening in Platte, we had a very good audience. And there is a group of people there in whose heart the Lord instilled true interest in the truth of His sovereign grace.
But I had to leave, and now I am writing again from my own study in Grand Rapids.
When you receive this letter, the mid-winter holidays are near. Soon the Christmas bells will be ringing, inviting us to go up to the house of the Lord, and with His people to commemorate that greatest of all wonders, the coming of the Son of God in the flesh. And soon after, another year will have sped away, and we will stand upon the threshold of a new year. Fellows, it is my prayer and sincere wish that you may spend these holidays with true joy and gladness, and I wish you a happy New Year.
This is possible, of course, no matter where you are on those days, and what may by your way. Some of you, perhaps, will have the privilege of coming home; others will be far away from home, in more than one sense of the word. Yet, I may wish you happy holidays and a blessed New Year. For the Christian’s happiness is not of this world, neither is it dependent upon the things of this world. It far transcends them all. It is found in the blessed truth that God is our God through Jesus Christ, Who arose for our justification, is exalted at the right hand of God, and has all power in heaven and on earth. That God is for us. He loves us. He prepares salvation, even eternal life, for us. He will guide us by His counsel. He will strengthen us unto the way we must travel. He will preserve us in the midst of a world of darkness. He will enable us to fight the good fight of faith, and to overcome. He will cause all things to work together for good to them that love Him.
He is our God!
And they that trust in Him shall never be put to shame.
To know this, to believe this with all our heart, to experience this in all our way,-that is true happiness.
God Bless you!
As ever your friend,
Rev. H. Hoeksema