2 December 1945
Sarah, My Beloved Darling:
Well, Sweetheart, we are one more Lord’s Day nearer to the time when we can be together again in the work of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ. This has really been a very full day and I’ve been busy all the time. I got up early this morning and had my breakfast and then came right on up to my office and went over my message several times. I never did get it to satisfy me but Don said it was very good and he felt the presence of the Lord throughout the service. I do pray and hope that it helps someone. As I told you last evening I preached on, “Reconstruction Includes You.” This morning there were around 140 in attendance, in fact, it was so full that it was impossible to get any more in the chapel.
This evening I spoke on Matthew 3:1-12. The title and theme being, “This Critical Hour: Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand.” There were 28 in attendance which is pretty good for a start. That is the first Sunday evening service which has ever been held since this hospital was activated since September 1942. The Protestant chaplain who preceded me has been with this hospital ever since until his departure two weeks ago for the States on points. So much for that, we will talk more about the situation when I arrive back home, Darling. We had a very fine song service and all seem to respond very well. Please keep praying for our work Beloved that souls may be brought into the Kingdom for our wonderful Lord.
Captain Main and I immediately following dinner took a walk to the village nearby. It was very cold but we enjoyed the walk and the fresh air was good. We had some interesting experiences but I’ll tell you about them later. I finished my first film and I hope the pictures come out all right. If they come out all right there should be some good shots.
About 5 o’clock this evening it started to snow and has been snowing ever since. It is really something to see snow and ice again. About 3:30 we got in 33 patients so I was busy calling on them right up to the time for our first Sunday evening worship service.
By the way Lover, perhaps you’ll be interested to know that I was given a superior rating on my work as a Chaplain in the 7th Division. When I was transferred they showed me my rating which was determined through several sources. Needless to say, I was thankful and if it be true what I did was not because of my ability but because all that I am or hope to be I owe to Christ. Someday I’ll tell you what came to me through another source as to my immediate ranking chaplain in the Old 7th. I wish you could hear it instead of me, but it does encourage me and make me to even want to be more fully yielded to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.
By the way, in that Phyllis and Dave are being married January 12th, I would suggest that we give them a nice picture of Salman’s Head of Christ for a wedding present. What do you think, Darling?
Darling, I think that was grand of you to send my father a birthday card and $5 from us, I know it will make him happy. Thank you Lover for your thoughtfulness.
That’s too bad Mr. Hatfield has a tendency to talk too much overtime. Even at best, a Sunday school class period is not long enough.
From what you told me about the dedication of the new window at Buena it must be wonderful. It was nice to know they dedicated it to Dr. Hepburn.
Well Lover, I’m very tired and cold so I think I shall close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things, Dear.
Yours alone in Christ for all the ages
of the ages,