26 May 1946
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
Well, Beloved, it was certainly a wonderful day as far as mail was concerned, for I received two more of your wonderful letters. They were yours of May 15th and 16th. I was especially anxious to have your good letter of graduation day because I wanted to know just what happened on that day. Words will never describe to you just how much it hurt me to be separated from you on that day. I had always hoped to be there to see you receive your degree. I do hope that you have another one of the graduation programs for I would like to keep this one over here with me to show some of my good friends. That was certainly grand of Dr. and Mrs. Koller to give you that fine book and I think your idea about giving our other copy to Paul and Gen is all right and I’m sure it will mean a lot to them. And the other gifts you received were very nice and I want you to especially thank Chief and Mom for their fine present to you. Your idea of putting that money aside for a projector is very good and when I arrive home we can even talk it over more then. Before we purchase one, I would like very much to talk it over with you and see one in operation. Do you know where they are sold? Is it in the Chicago area? Do you have to buy the slides also and are they very expensive?
I was up very early this morning and came over here to the office and spent a lot of time and meditation and prayer prior to the time for our morning worship service. I was rather tired and weary but I know it is because of all the extra strain I have been under because of the situation caused by Chaplain Martin’s actions around here. After that, I called in some of the wards. We really had a better turnout this morning then we have had for the last 3 weeks. There were over 100 in attendance, actually, the exact count was 106. As you will notice on the bulletin which I am enclosing, I preached upon this theme, “I Can’t Help It.” I really received a blessing from preparing the message and I also felt the presence of the Lord with me when I delivered it to those in attendance. Several told me that they were helped by it so if that be true, I’m thankful for the Lord’s help.
By the way, you will be interested to know that Chaplain Martin came up to my office immediately after I finished my letter last evening and we talked for almost an hour. After he came into my office I could tell that he seemed to be rather docile and hurt. And I don’t wonder, and in spite of all that he did to cause trouble, I do feel sorry for him. He told me he realized the fact of his mistakes and that he was sorry and now he could see it. Further, he told me that he felt I wasn’t to blame as he first concluded. And just before leaving he told me that he meant it sincerely when he said, “that I was one of the best chaplains and preachers he had ever heard in or out of the Army.” Honestly, I don’t know whether he meant that or not except for the fact that he also told Dwight the same thing. I don’t like to think of it this way, but a number have told me that they felt that he was desperate in trying to do well and was conscious of the kind way people have been to me and in so doing blundered most miserably. I think you understand what I mean, I don’t like to say it like they said it because it would sound like I was conceited and boasting of the blessings which are mine because of you and the Lord Jesus Christ. For, after all, you know as do I there is nothing in me worthy of praise.
You will be interested to know that we had another tough ballgame today and we won by a score of 4 to 3. We beat another tough team for the second time and they were really peeved for we are the only ones who have defeated them. I pitched and got along all right. I was up to bat three times and managed to get two hits. One of my hits accounting for one of our four runs. I wish you could have been there, but just the same, I played as though you were there because I always want to do my very best for you and our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.
After our evening meal, I came up here to the office and went over my message a couple of times before time for service this evening. There were only 16 in attendance. As you will note, I preached on this title and theme, “Help My Want of Faith.” My scripture was Mark 9: 2-26, I used the American translation for my scripture reading. I do hope that it proved helpful for those who did attend.
Several of the men came up here to my office and visited following the service. And now two of them are writing letters up here. I like to have them come around and it makes me happy to know that they like to come around. Really, there are some fine men around, but again, some of them are so careless in their living habits that it about breaks my heart at times.
Most all day it looked like it might rain, but so far we only had a few sprinkles now and then. It is almost a solid overcast now, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it start raining almost any time now.
Well Darling, I only have a few more minutes to have this letter in the box in time so I had better close for this time. God bless you and the folks in all things.
I’m just yours Beloved, for always in Christ’s love,