The Love Letter
There was a young couple who met, fell in love and married. As in all good love stories, they adored one another. Joe and Sally had a wonderful marriage. The only problem they faced was the war. They were in the middle of a world war and Joe knew that he soon we be called to serve.
The call came, and Joe accepted the call with honor. He was scheduled to leave in two weeks, and he wanted to make each moment count before he left. The couple had one small child with one on the way. He spent a lot of time with William and was hoping to spend time with the new baby someday.
Joe left. Sally and William heard from him almost daily. Suddenly the letters stopped. Two weeks passed, the four and soon eight weeks had passed without hearing a word from Joe. Sally was obviously concerned. She prayed and honestly assumed the worse.
Joe had indeed become a prisoner of war. He was told that he had the chance to write only one letter during his captivity. He carried a torn up piece of parchment paper with him for weeks, praying about what to write his expectant wife and son. Finally, with tears spilling down his face and hitting the paper, Joe wrote the letter.
Four weeks later, Sally trudged out to the mail box and there it was…a letter from Joe!! She ran into the kitchen, weeping with joy at the arrival of the letter. She ripped it opened as little William and her mother stared.
“Dearest Sally, William and family,
Daddy loves you more than words can adequately describe. I am a prisoner of war and I have one piece of paper to write one letter on. It is the only letter I am allowed to write and the last letter you may ever get from me. So, I have carried the blank paper around for a long time, praying about what to write to all of you. Sally, I love you with all my heart. Words cannot describe the unconditional love I have for you. I need you to love the children with all your heart. As William grows, let him know how much he is loved by his Abba Father. Teach him these things when he gets up in the morning, walks at noon along the creek and does his chores before bed. Our little unborn baby needs to be taught these things as well when she(hope) or he is able to understand. Spend time with them, tell them that I will love them forever. Talk to the banker about the money we have, pay off the bills, tithe weekly, share what eggs you can with the neighbors…..”
The letter went on to tell Sally everything she needed to know about life. As if Joe were right there with her. Sally read the entire letter, wept openly and folded it up, placing it near her heart. The next day, when she went into the bank, she got the letter out and did exactly what it said. When she and the children had questions (it was a girl, Grace) she unfolded the letter to see what Daddy said about the situation. Joe had not missed a thing. He had given her all the love and guidance she needed to go on. Everything had been filtered through love. She almost felt as though he was standing right there beside her as she made each and every decision.
And then the closing said…”I love you all, and will see you again soon. We will all be together someday. Everything I have written, all I have said with all the love I have in my heart for you….my wife, my children, my family, my friends, strangers…until we meet again..love to you…Daddy Joe.
Wow, what a letter of love. Can you imagine receiving this letter? Well beloved, we have gotten a letter like that….it is from our Father, our Abba, our Daddy…He has given us all we need to live out this life here on dart. His advice is given because of His deep love for us. Like the letter from Joe, He is right beside us..guiding us with His Holy Spirit.
Oh yeah, Joe did make it home! And so will Jesus.
IN CHRIST ALONE
*google image, NIV Bible*