Friday, September 19, 2008

An open letter to David, Stephen, Bryon Seeley and anyone who knew Marilyn's gentle ways.

In an attempt to share with you how Marilyn affected my life, I would like you all to know that Marilyn touched my heart like no other person and brought me from having no faith at all to having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. While I am no different than anyone else, that relationship with Jesus is constantly under construction. I am not ashamed of that and rejoice in the knowledge that this is perfectly normal and expected by Jesus. When I was young and we first met, Marilyn's gentle nature made it easy to pour out my story through words on IRC. Then later, when I met her in person I came to know and respect her as the gentle angel in my life who would always be there to guide me. Now that she has joined God in his Kingdom I know this to be more real than ever before. She may not be on the other end of a keyboard but I feel that when I pray to God that she will listen too. I have spent many hours chatting with Marilyn on the computer, and have taken much of her advice. She was always so concerned about my choices and gave me a gentle push down the right path when I needed it. Steering me away from Drugs, alcohol and helping me to stay on a path that is right with God, it seemed to be her passion and she executed this well. Early on in my life I dealt with many personal hardships. These included sexual abuse at the hands of my uncle, growing up around an alcoholic father, and the eventual divorce of my parents. A little later in life I was exposed to the deaths of several positive role models in my life. While I did not always make my hardships clear to Marilyn, her council obviously driven by God's love helped me to learn how to "forgive my trespassers" and move on with my life. It is quite clear to me that God sent her to help me through this, she was an angel on earth and the same is true in heaven now. Had I not met Marilyn in those Internet chat rooms late at night as a teenager, I would have continued on down the road of destruction that Satan was plotting out with all of his might. Little did Satan know that I had one of God's most powerful angels on my side, one who did not fight with anger and hate but with absolute love for God the almighty! And in Marilyn's passing to the kingdom of heaven I have witnessed first hand the true power of God and our saviour the Lord Jesus Christ.

I know that Marilyn is being honoured by God for her work and until we meet with her again I will miss my conversations with her dearly. We have witnessed first hand one of God's miracle plans, and Marilyn executed it with grace and style like no other could...

Bryon, thank you "SO MUCH" for sharing your blog with me and please remain in touch... I look forward to seeing you in person again soon...

With Love from my family to yours...

Don Millette.

Brampton Ontario Canada.

1 comment:

Marilyn Gale Seeley Born - April 18 1949, Passed Away - Sept. 17 2008 said...

Don, your words have touched my heart like no others could. My tears have flowed freely while reading your letter. Thank you for making public, the beautiful side of Marilyn. I would often wake in the middle of the night to find her quietly typing to someone struggling through a crisis. Very few of her "non virtual" friends knew how much impact she had as a true international missionary. She never wanted glory for her quiet work behind the scenes. I will be honored to use your letter in its entirety as part of a special tribute to her at our Celebration of LIFE ceremony. And don't worry, you will always remain in my prayers. I can never fill the huge spiritual gap that Marilyn has left behind due to her passing but she has taught me the importance of caring for others like no one else ever could. Marilyn was a true example of one who followed Jesus and took the verse "pray without ceasing" as a literal commandment. There was never a moment during her life that she was not holding someone up in prayer. Bryon