December 13, 1944
My Beloved Darling Sarah:
I have just finished reading your letters of yesterday over again and they are such a blessing to me. Darling, I wish I could find words that would express fully to you just how much I love you and just how much you mean to me. Each passing day I realize more than ever what a wonderful wife you are. If you knew of cases I have dealt with, you would understand just what I mean. I am so very thankful for our promise of ourselves to each other forever because I realize more than ever I would never want to love another. Sweetheart, I only hope I can make you personally as happy as I am in your wonderful abiding love. There are so many things about the Army that are discouraging and distressing, but when I think of you and know that we are each other’s forever, no matter what happens, it does help me over the rough places along the way.
Things were routine as ever today except that later this morning Captain Wilkinson, Raymond and I went down to the native village. By the way, I have just been interrupted and it is very very late, so I will not be able to write you a very long letter. I will tell you about it some day. You can never plan to do anything definitely for it seems something will always come up to hinder you in someway.
Late this afternoon I called on a certain soldier who wanted to see me. He was certainly feeling low. He had just received word that his wife’s mother had passed away 24 hours after their first baby was born. The worst of it was the fact that the wife thought right along that he knew about her death because she sent a telegram to him. But we have checked thoroughly and we have never received such a message. Please remember Darling, if anything should ever happen, don’t try sending it through regular telegraph, send it through the Red Cross because all Red Cross messages are given a priority. As some of the men say, you don’t know whether to look forward to mail or not because many times it brings heartbreaking news. I can understand what they mean but how thankful I am that our dear Lord has given us the assurance of His care and guidance. As I have said, this time of separation from you hurts more than anything I have ever experienced and I will be so very very glad we can be together again.
I have read your letter of November 27th and I’m going to make a few comments. I was surely sorry to hear that Gen hasn’t been feeling well. I do hope by this time this letter reaches you she will be feeling very much better. I know she must have liked the little hat you knit for her. It was good to know that Stan baptized two in his church. I think that the former minister’s wife will lose a lot of friends and hurt herself by acting the way she is.
I am certainly proud of your Church History grade and your grade in your final exam in New Testament. Keep up the good work, for it helps and encourages me more than you realize. It is good to know you are getting your thesis pretty well organized. Darling, I’m so very very thankful and grateful for you and your wonderful life and love. I do wish you could take Religious Journalism. I liked it very much.
I’m beginning to wonder if Bob and I will ever get a picture of the folks. It is a sure thing we will never have it for Christmas, and I sometimes wonder when, for in your letter of the 27th you had said you thought they were going to try to get their pictures taken the next day. You were wondering if I wanted a large picture or the miniature. I would like to have the large picture, otherwise my picture frame you gave me with your picture will look rather strange without the picture that is intended for the other side. The note you placed in there about reserving the side for Mom and Pop’s picture is still in there.
Well Darling, it is already a day later than the date on this letter so I must try and get a little rest before time to get up. God bless you Dearest in all things, and remember, I love you more than ever I have before. Give the folks my deepest love.
Yours only, forever in the
Love of Christ Jesus,