Farewell to Kunnar Raja

Young Kunnar

Last Thursday, Lea’s mother called to tell us that Lea’s father Kunnar has passed away. Kunnar has been suffering the incapacitating effects of multiple strokes for more than four years gradually losing one ability after another. We are sad to see him go but are also relieved that he is finally at peace with our Lord and has traded his emaciated frame for a new and glorified body.

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“Chosen, Holy and Beloved”

“Chosen, Holy and Beloved”
Knox Presbyterian Church
December 31, 2006

Introduction
Welcome to Knox Presbyterian Church on this, the last day of the year 2006.

I must confess that I always feel a bit hesitant about the kind of self reflection I know I’m supposed to be doing today. I have a checkered history with New Year’s resolutions. They’re a lot like my many journals. I have a whole collection of journals that stop and start like a teenager learning to drive with a clutch.

Typically I start well … a little too well, clearly ambitious, often verbose. My entry on January 1st often begins, “It’s been a long time since I last journaled and I’m hoping to turn over a new leaf.” I spend pages summing up the last year, lamenting all that I’ve forgotten and left undocumented. Transition to this year. This year will be different. Here are the classic closing words: “I am committing to write in my journal as often as possible, at least twice a week, for the rest of this year starting today.” I remember the feeling of completing that first journal entry, the satisfaction of turning over a new leaf. Well, that was the last leaf that got turned until mid June where I find something like this: “It’s been a long time since I last journaled …”

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