December 25, 1944

Christmas Night

Christmas Island

December 25, 1944

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Christmas day is almost passed and Darling, it would be impossible to tell you how many times I have thought of you. Many times I would look back at my watch and then try to imagine what all of you must of been doing.  Our Christmas day was about as good as one could expect in a place like this. Naturally, most of our thoughts were with those we love. I am certainly thankful to Christ for all you are to me, Dear.

Willis’ father (Earl) and Sarah. Christmas 1944.

I got up at the usual time and packed up all my things so I will be ready in case a plane comes in on short notice. I have everything packed now except my Bible, devotional material and shaving equipment. From the looks of things I may not get out of here for three or four more days. I hope it isn’t too late in the week though because it will make it rather difficult to arrive late and then prepare services for the men, especially in an entirely new set up. I’ll leave it in the Lord’s hands. At any rate, I am ready to leave as soon as the plane transportation arrives.

Shortly after I finished getting everything packed, Raymond and I left for our Christmas services at the infantry. There were a goodly number in attendance. There would or should have been more but as you know many try to catch the Christmas spirit by drinking what is known as spirits. No more need be said I’m sure. It is self-explanatory.

You will have noted already that my typewriter is gone. I took all of the property to Chaplain Brady after I completed this morning’s service. It was about 1 o’clock by the time I returned to my quarters. So I decided to lie down and rest for awhile. And it turned out that I slept almost 2 hours. I got up and took a shower and then dressed for our dinner which we had at 4:30. It was very very good. Our turkey was delicious. However Dear, no meal will ever be fully appreciated until you are at the same table with me.

Immediately following dinner, Raymond and I left for the Air Base to have a communion service for all would like to attend. There were 34 in attendance. We sang “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Beneath the Cross”, and “Onward Christian Soldier”. We also had prayer and a responsive reading. For the communion meditation I read the last few verses of John 13 and down to John 14:16. It was most appropriate in that it will probably be our last communion service together. Later, after visiting for sometime we came back and washed the communion set.

After having completed all things down here, I feel there has been a great burden lifted from my shoulders. And I find I am very very tired so I think I’m going to go right to bed, that is as soon as I wash out a pair of shorts and a pair of socks. God bless you Lover in all things and remember I love you more than words can tell.

Always and forever yours in the

Love of Christ Jesus,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. I’m enclosing a couple more Christmas Programs.

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