January 20, 1945
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
I had hoped that I would receive some mail this evening, but none arrived so I will have to hope for some now on Monday. It is certainly a lonesome feeling when I don’t receive mail, even though there are thousands of men around here. Nothing in all this world can ever take the place of your wonderful inspirational letters. I got up early this morning and my assistant and I returned to our regular area and sought to get everything lined up for tomorrow’s services. He made the bulletin and put out the church calls while I finished preparing my sermon and washing out the clothes that I got dirty while going through jungle training. After eating a late supper, I came back to my quarters and wrote a letter to Charlie and one to Nettie. I am going to enclose her v-mail letter in this letter for you to read. Darling, I think it would be grand if you two could get together for awhile, especially since both Charlie and I are overseas. I think it would be nice for you to write her a letter and ask her to spend one night with you. Nettie is certainly a wonderful sensible Christian woman. In fact, I think she is one of the finest it has ever been my privilege to know. And when you know her background you will even love her more. I never receive a letter from Charlie or Nettie, but what they tell me how much they think of you Darling, of course I let them know that they don’t even know the half of it. They will love you much much more when they know you better.
You would have enjoyed the sunset tonight, it was one of the most beautiful I have ever seen since being up here at my new assignment. Actually, the top of the mountains looked like they were on fire with reflection from the clouds which were so filmy and transparent. Such scenes are so very difficult to describe adequately.
Darling, now I am going to answer some more of your questions and make comments on other things you said in your letters. Tonight I’ll start with your letter of December 27th. I was glad to hear that the coconuts got through to you. I can just see you and Mom trying to pry the lid off of the box. No, the tiniest one is not ripe. I sent it along so you would have an idea how a small one look as it developed. I was very glad to hear that Maurice and Edith were able to go to his folks home for Christmas season. I am sure they must have enjoyed it very much. You were wondering how old Dr. Edson is, I’m not sure but I believe they said he is 38 or 40, at least it is somewhere in that locality. He is a very fine pastor and has done a wonderful work in that church.
It is good to know that the folks’ picture will soon be done, I can hardly wait until it arrives. I will be so glad to have it right there with yours, Dear. Darling, it was in your letter of the 27th that you told me about my father’s injury. You are such a blessing to my heart in every way and I am so thankful unto the Lord that you wanted to help him with the operation. I have already told you how I feel about it, and all I would add is this, ”Thank you for being such a wonderful Christian wife.” Only in heaven will I ever be able to let you know how much I love you, Dearest.
I’m sorry to know that Joe Large hasn’t been feeling so well. I do hope that he soon gets back to normal. This Army is unpleasant enough without being sick on top of it.
I was surprised to hear about the accident my father had had, he never did mention it to me in any of his letters. I’m glad he wasn’t hurt any worse than he was. Darling, you were wondering if I asked for combat duty, I did not, I had nothing to do with this assignment whatsoever, that is as far as asking is concerned. However, I have been told since my arrival up here by the Chief of Chaplains that I was chosen out of seven different chaplains for this job on the basis of the work I did at my former station. If I could tell you a few things, I’m sure you would understand, but I think it is unwise to do so now. Perhaps sometime later and if not then, I will tell you when we are together. Some good things were said and my recommendation was alright, but I would rather have someone else tell you.
That sounds just like my grandmother to say that she went through Connie’s operation a week before she did. In November she wrote me a letter which said the same thing in about three pages. So I wrote back and told her as kindly as I knew how to trust the Lord and quit trying to check up on everything for the Lord. People of her make up are so very unhappy. As long as I have known my grandmother, I can never remember the time when she wasn’t complaining about something. That is surely a contrast to dear Grandma Norman. I have tried so many ways to help my grandmother out of that awful rut, but she seems to enjoy staying in it so there is little that can be done for her.
Well Dear, I am going to close for tonight and may God richly bless you in all things. I love you so very much.
Yours forever because of the oneness
Which is ours because of the
Love of Christ.