December 2, 1943

December 2, 1943

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:-

The letters you wrote to me on Saturday and Sunday evenings arrived today, and Dearest, they were indeed wonderful. After reading such precious letters I surely felt humble, and quietly here in my office said, “Thank you Lord for such a wonderful wife who at the very thought of her makes me love thee more.” Your letter was so beautiful and I know how you feel when you say you cannot describe it. If we were together Lover, we could understand without feeling so completely unable to express ourselves, because by being in each other’s presence and holding each other in our arms we could know the joy of our spirits witnessing one to another. All I can say is this, you are so very sweet and as I said to you before, I no longer think of you a part from Christ, for to me you are a part of Him, and the more I love you the more I love Christ. I’m so glad we chose Colossians 3:3 for our life verse, it means more every passing day and it vibrates with expectancy because Dear, we will never fully sound its depths until we are one forever in spirit in our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

Sweetheart, you asked me if I remember what happened three years ago November 27. That is one day I shall never forget because on that day I gave my life and love to you forever. As I’ve told you many times before, I only ever wanted to have one wife to love forever. And you know, the wonder of it all is the fact that God gave me His own little girl. Even before I started to High School, I used to hope that someday I would have some wonderful wife to love forever. And how wonderfully the Lord gives “above all that we ask for or may ever think.” Each day only makes me more convinced of what I’ve told you so often, “if the Lord had said, Willis here is a piece of paper. List all the things you want in your wife, well I could never have thought of all the things you are to me.” Through your willingness and obedience to Christ, you are living a wonderful testimony to Christ and are a constant source of inspiration to me. Lover, I surely hope I can live so completely and a whole heartedly for Christ that you will also be inspired by my love. There are two important “yes” in my life, the first is when I said “yes” in accepting Christ October 1, 1933″, and the other is when I said “yes” to you before a gathered group of witnesses on June 30, 1942, although we had given ourselves to each other forever on November 27, 1940. Thank you for being so sweet, Dearest. My arms and lips are so hungry for you. Maybe these lines will say or add something which I failed to express to you. I’ve been trying hard but still it does not adequately describe what my feelings tell me.

“Sarah Dearest, someone I love I know loves me,

Wife of mine, true as can be;

Ever I think of happy days Flown,

Remembering you always, Sarah Louise, my own.”

Yes, I knew Knable at Harvard, and with a heavy heart I say he was sadly in need of Christ in his heart. Alrik Bloomquist or Wayne Soliday would tell you the same thing. He often mentioned this fact, “wonder what he’ll talk about to the soldiers.” He is the fellow who started smoking cigarettes because so many of the other chaplains smoke and he thought it would help him get next to the soldiers. Two days before graduation, Alrik and I saw him smoking his first cigar and I asked him how he thought that was going to help him as a chaplain. The cigar made him sick and the whole day before graduation he was in bed. He was still sick at the time of graduation. He didn’t believe the Bible was wholly inspired, only parts of it. You may tell Kay I knew him but forget the other.

Digitized for the Oakland Museum of California Museum Technology Initiative for Educational Outreach, July 1, 2010 through June 31, 2011.

I’m so sorry to hear about the response to gifts for the Japanese. I can understand, for I see it and hear it from morning till night. A lot of cars, homes, and store windows carry a large sticker which says in large red letters, “No Japs in California after the war is over.” And to think we are supposed to be fighting for freedom for all people. I’m continually hearing terrible talk concerning the Japanese, and when I get a chance, I ask the persons some questions about the final outcome of such thoughts and ideals. You know how I tried on several occasions to make plain to the Chief on his theory of dealing with the Japanese and Germans.

I’m glad you are going to sing in “The Messiah,” the only thing, please be careful Dear in coming home at night.

I’m so glad Mrs. Nelson has been taken away, it will undoubtedly be better for Mom.

I’m quite aware of the problems Mr. Harper ran into while he was out calling. It is most discouraging. I have had services all the way from one person present up to 25 present. I was told this was a tough assignment and I know it now. But I’ll do my best and I am now getting fairly well acquainted with the men. I’m glad Marilyn liked the letter, and it’s good to know what I said was all right. I think that is sweet of the Intermediates to want to get communion clothes for me and my work.

Wasn’t “My Utmost” for November 30th  good? It’s surely impressed me greatly.

By the way, I sent you a box this morning. I saw something I thought was pretty for you and had Mrs. Hansen buy it for me and I picked it up at her place. It’s in the box marked Grayson’s. I returned some of your letters for I don’t have room, also a book of devotions by Chambers. You will also find enclosed three Hershey bars one a piece. And the set of three books in the life of Christ. I thought we could give them to Jimmy, Johnny and Jean, and another to Rachel and Dan for Donnie and Kay and the other one to Mildred’s daughters (Helen’s?) little girl. I hope the little present I got for you fits. I’ve closed my eyes and tried to imagine how you would look in it, Dearest. They had the same thing in royal blue, but by the time Mrs. Hansen got there to get it for me, they were all gone.

Sweetheart, I’m cleaning up the crumbs of those cookies you sent me, they are so very very good. You are so lovely and I do love you beyond my finite ability to express.

Mr. and Mrs. Holly always listen to Fulton Lewis Jr. and he has been here on the coast trying to check up on some shady contracts. This article appeared in the Los Angeles Times this morning, I’m going to enclose it in this letter. A radio report came over the air not so long ago that from investigation they believe someone was trying to take his life and destroy important information he has gathered.

Well Lover, I’ve been going on and on and must close for now. I love you so very much and would love to see you face to face but I’ll do my best to be patient whether here or beyond the grave at Jesus’ feet. You are so precious, Dear.

With all my love forever your husband in Christ,

Willis

xxxxx

Col 3:3-10-13

James 5:16

2 thoughts on “December 2, 1943

  • John Reed
    December 2, 2017, 3:39 am

    “Sarah Dearest, someone I love I know loves me,
    Wife of mine, true as can be;
    Ever I think of happy days Flown,
    Remembering you always, Sarah Louise, my own.”

    This is the first example of poetry I’ve seen from Willis–what a heartwarming gem!

    “And to think we are supposed to be fighting for freedom for all people. I’m continually hearing terrible talk concerning the Japanese, and when I get a chance, I ask the persons some questions about the final outcome of such thoughts and ideals.”
    I certainly see parallels to the present with these words…

  • Caroline Schoch
    December 2, 2017, 7:40 am

    A very frightening time in the history of our world. Willis was faced with quite a challenge, but his faith in ‘Christ certainly kept him going.

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