I just got off the phone with Jerry Rich who is in Chicago, 1295 miles away. Jerry is my uncle. I have never met Jerry because I have never met his brother Harold who is my biological Father. In fact until about a year ago I didn’t even know I had an Uncle Jerry. So after a couple of emails over the past year we ended up talking tonight. Now if I were to rate phone calls I would have to say that this call was one of the best phone calls I have ever had. Some of what I learned is emotionally hard but at the same time I am greatly encouraged that my relatives on my biological Father’s side are believers in Jesus. I also learned that my Grandfather, who I can’t ever remember meeting prayed for me daily. This is so amazing. I wish I could have told him that when I was 16 God answered his prayers and I accepted Christ. My Grandfather George Rich has already passed away, but because of his relationship with Christ and mine I know that I will get to meet him. This is so comforting and encouraging. Prayer is powerful, because God listens.
I am also going to try and get in touch with my cousin Jeremiah (who I mentioned in my previous blog post). Jerry said that his son and two daughters have always wanted to have contact with me. So I guess now is as good a time as any to make contact.
All of this has me in a bit of an emotional spin at the moment, but I am so grateful for the opportunity to make contact with relatives that have wanted contact with me for so many years.