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Sunday, November 26, 2023

Farewell To A Friend

I wanted to write a post letting everyone know that the founder of this blog site, my good friend, Seeker of Truth, has passed away. I wanted to say a couple words to honor Seeker's memory. She deserves so much more than this, but we do what we can do with what we have.

Seeker started this blog with her husband on April 17, 2008. She started it with these words:
A Warm Welcome to You, the Reader!
This blog is about the importance of seeking the truth of God's Word, for those in search of truth, and those leaving Legalism in search of truth: 
When we consider what others say/teach about God's Word, it's vital to make sure it's TRUTH. We should NEVER take anyone's word for it, but ALWAYS prove it for our self. It's OUR responsibility. We cannot ride someone else's coattail into the Kingdom. Don't we prefer the truth, whatever it may be? Even if it's not what we had thought? Of course! 
Because we desire to PLEASE God! So... we do 'As Bereans Did.'
Amen to that!

When I escaped Armstrongism about four months later, I started my own blog. It was a way to vent and share ideas. I went looking around for others who were seeing the errors of the system and giving themselves permission to prove what they had been taught, just as the noble Bereans had done (ACT. 17: 10-11), regardless of where that truth lead them. Not many people were fighting this good fight back at that time. Not from a faith-based perspective, anyway. Wasn't hard to find Seeker and the ABD blog.

Seeker and I both attended Ron Weinland groups, and we both wanted particularly to focus on him. We formed somewhat of a partnership. Then we tried to form a larger partnership with other bloggers out there at that time. Then we decided to try one grand unified blog where everyone can write. It wasn't but a few months later, on March 16, 2009, I closed my own blog and started writing here. The idea quickly grew past Ron Weinland and started addressing the larger ideas of Armstrongism that we began to see as we studied. We tried recruiting other authors. Soon, we had Bill, James D H Bruce, Corrinna, Caleb, Penny, and Martha, and not only that but a guest post from readers here and there, like Dillon, Centurion, Child Survivor, and others. 
Seeker eventually retired from actively blogging. The day of the blog had come and gone, for the most part. But she left us with her blog to keep going until we felt like we had said enough, too. She didn't stop writing and praising God, she just went to other venues.

None of this would have happened if it wasn't for Seeker. So many people were blessed because of what she did. All of the authors, guest authors, and readers around the world were blessed by God working through the seemingly small and insignificant efforts of one person. When I say people around the world, I mean it. We have gotten visitors and letters from literally all around the globe! All of those people who found any blessing from this effort have ultimately one person to thank for it. All blessed because one person followed the Holy Spirit and started a blog to write about grace and truth. She did what she could with what she had. Isn't it true that we plant and God provides the increase!

Well, God harvests what He grows. Last night, He brought home a good friend and faithful witness for Christ who blessed many in His name. 

If there is any truth to what Charles Dickens stated when he wrote, "It is required of every man that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide [and turn what they can to happiness]," then truly Seeker did so. She will be missed! But I for one am confident wherever she is now she is working for Him still.

Go, enjoy your rest. You've earned it. And shine on you crazy diamond.
Until we meet again.

8 comments:

Paul N said...

So sorry for your loss. I love this blog. It is the deepest and most complete study I have seen on Christmas and Easter. Hearing this idea of paganism sent me on deep search for truth on this matter and The Lord made me run across this blog. I want to thank Truth Seeker for starting this work; her labor was definitely not in vain.
May The Holy Spirit strengthen, encourage and comfort all of her loved ones.
Blessings!

xHWA said...

Thank you for your kind words, Paul. I am glad the Lord chose to help you through this blog. Seeker would be too humble to take any credit, because it all belongs to the Lord. Still, we are honored to work for Him to your benefit.
God bless!

Henrik V Blunck said...

Sincere condolences and best wishes at this time. Thanks for the effort in restoring common sense among those reading the posts Seeker wrote.

Paul N said...

and benefited I have.
Thank you all so much!
Merry Christmas!

xHWA said...

Thank you Paul for your kindness. Glad we could be of help. Merry Christmas to you!

Thank you Henrik. You've been a reader here for years and I appreciate you kind words so much, my friend.

jim said...

I too am very sorry to hear of seeker’s passing. This is a phenomenal website that has helped me mightily. Reverence always given to our Lord despite having to show the many falsities of Armstrongism.

jim said...

Not sure if my first post went through, however I’m grateful to again express my appreciation for the wonderful work Seeker provided. I’m saddened for the passing of someone who showed the flaws and even deception of the wcg while maintaining a website that showed and taught reverence to God.

xHWA said...

Thank you, Jim. We very much appreciate you visiting and leaving your kind words.
Your comment was awaiting moderation, and I was so busy tonight I just couldn't get to it. Apologies.

I especially appreciate your mention of the reverence for God. Seeker always tried to be reverent and humble. We tried to follow that example. We aren't always successful. But it's good to serve a God of grace.