December 24, 1944
Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:
This is another Lord’s day that is almost passed. We have been on the go since early this morning. And in spite of being very busy, I have thought of all of you many times. Darling, I love you so very much that hurts and my heart beyond description. As strange as it may sound, it is a good hurt, because after all, it makes me realize just how much you do mean to me; in brief, I would have it no other way.
I thought of you many times trying to realize you at North Shore with my father. I’m sure he was glad and happy to be there with you, Dear. I know that he thinks a lot of you, and I know he will even love you much more after having this privilege of being with you again. I am so glad he had the opportunity to meet Mom and the Chief. Again Dear, I want to thank you for all you have done to make this a wonderful Christmas for him. I would certainly be happy to be there with you, but the Lord has willed otherwise and I will do my best here. And how happy I am to know that you have been doing your best back there.
Both services this morning were very well attended. I used as my scripture for this morning services, Matthew 2:1-6. I developed a message around the theme, Christmas is a time when we as the wisemen of old ought to come and worship Christ. I developed and explained worship with several pertinent illustrations and then concluded with the necessity of the new Birth in each individual life. No one expressed a desire to follow or rededicate their life to Christ. But this I know, I did what I felt the Lord wanted me to do, and I especially felt His abiding presence with me during the last service. Even though I had a bad headache, I felt a power other than my own. I know you must of been praying for me.
This afternoon I rested for a while, then I got a few things ready so I’ll be ready for the first available plane. After eating our evening meal, I walked down by the shore for awhile and thought so much about you, Dear. It is always so good to be alone for a while. I will certainly be thankful unto the Lord when we can be together and pray as we used to, Dear. You know those times mean more to me now than ever. I think so many times of how beautiful it was to pray together in each others arms. Sweetheart, you’re such a good wife that I hardly know how to praise the dear Lord for His goodness. As soon as I came back from the shore, we left for the Air Base service.
I wish you could’ve seen how the men have helped to fix it up for the service. At the front of the altar we had made a large Christmas wreath out of two nice green palm leaves. At the center we placed three candles that we had carved out of bamboo. And we’ve managed to find a piece of red cloth that served as a bow. Everybody did their part and work very well. It was very good and I certainly appreciated the way the men took hold of the whole program. There were as many outside the chapel as there were inside.
It is rather late now and I am so tired but I do want to take enough time to answer a few of your questions and make some comments on the letter of December 11th. First of all, I forgot to tell you in last night’s letter that I also mailed you a package of first class letters I have received since beening down here. You will note that I have saved all the letters I received from Hollys and Gen and Paul. The one group marked “mixed letters” are a few I saved that I thought you might like to read. I threw the most of those away, because it would’ve taken too much to mail all of them home. As it is, I think the most important ones are in the package. You will also note I enclosed all of the Christmas cards and birthday cards I have received thus far.
Sweetheart, I am certainly glad to hear you received such a nice letter from the Hollys. They are such grand Christians. I know you will love them when you meet them. They love you very much already. I was very much interested to hear about the nice case the Chief brought home for you to keep the shells in. I will be anxious to see how you fix them up. You are so clever with everything you do anyhow.
Dear, I know the Chief must look nice in his new suit. From your description, it must be very nice. I will surely be happy when I can put on civilian clothes again. You know, I just now thought, I wish I would have had you take enough of our money and have the Chief go to town with my father to buy a nice suit. Maybe he has one now, but he didn’t have. There have been so many things to think about lately that it completely slipped my mind. Perhaps he was able to buy some better clothes before he started on his trip. Dear, I wish I could find words to tell you how much it means to know you’re doing everything to cheer my father and make this a happy Christmas for him.
Sweetheart, I would like to write you a much longer letter but I am so very tired that I am going to close and try to get a good nights rest. God bless you Lover in all things, and be sure to give all of the folks my deepest love.
Only yours forever in the love which wrought for us the
Christ of Christmas,
Ruth 1:16, 17
P.S. Enclosed you will find five pictures.