January 6, 1946
Sarah, My Dearest Darling:
This noon I was surprised with the arrival of four more of your letters, they were like mana to my hungry soul. I had hoped for one or two but the arrival of four really surprised me. They were yours of December 22nd, 24th, 25th and 26th. I’ve just finished reading them through the third time. Lover, those letters are just so good but it will be so much more wonderful to just talk to you again. Besides your letters, I got a lovely letter from Paul and Gen, Louise Davis (birthday card), and a nice little note for Christmas from Raymond Cox’s wife.
I was up at 6 o’clock this morning and came over and shaved and then before breakfast did some more studying on my sermon for this morning. Enclosed in this letter find a bulletin which will give you an idea of the services and what I preached on today. This morning we only had one hundred and twenty-eight in attendance and this evening 52. This last week we sent a lot of patients back to the States. Naturally, that hurt our attendance and then besides we had some of our own personnel return on points. With such a constant change all the time it is really difficult to build anything very stable.
After dinner I studied for a while, then both Don and I left for Seoul to help plan for the first Youth for Christ meeting in Seoul. By the time we had helped with the program and other things and drove back here, it was time to eat. After supper I studied more on my evening message and then came up here to read your letters again, but a soldier came in to see me about a certain situation. That took time and then I reread your letters again and started this letter to you.
It has been very cloudy and cold most of the day. At noon it started to snow and it’s been snowing quite steadily ever since. If it keeps up all night, we will certainly have a lot of snow on the ground. The roads are really miserable now. And it is to be remembered roads in Korea are not near as good as they are in the States. There have been quite a few accidents lately. Whenever I go out to Seoul I just am as careful as you can be.
Darling, in your letter of Christmas Eve you were in the clouds because of the telephone conversation you had with Mrs. McNeil. I had talked it over with Lieutenant McNeil and suggested that you call each other, which I thought would be nice. I’m afraid her husband was a little mixed up on this business about all I was waiting for was transportation. I feel quite sure that he got mixed up with someone else. For in the last 2 weeks we’ve had quite a number of doctors, dentists and MAC’s leave here for the States. Sweetheart, PLEASE don’t let your feelings go away up like that for I assure you that as soon as I know when I’ll probably be on my way I will tell you myself. And I will do so by informing you not to write to me anymore. Please steer clear of rumors. By heeding them very much a person can make themselves positively sick. It is hard enough as it is without making ourselves feel worse by getting our hopes up. As things look now, the earliest possible time of my arrival home will be around the first of April. But please don’t count on it. I’m in the Army now – but I’m hoping not much longer.
I was glad that it cleared enough so you could get out to Valpo for a while on Christmas Day. I know dear Mom would have felt terrible if you could not have gone out. From what you told me in your letter, I can see that you all had a very lovely time. I was glad to know that you got so many very nice Christmas gifts. From what you said in your letter, the new dictionary which the folks gave us must be very beautiful and I know it will be very helpful. Be sure to thank them for me.
Darling, according to one of your letters you said that Byers had really muddled things up out there at Bethel Church over the missions question. That’s certainly made me feel very badly. I do pray and hope they get that thing settled, for it is far from a healthy condition. Some of the brethren need to investigate things just a bit more before becoming so critical of others.
By the way, I take it that you were unable to get the desk fountain pen for Don. Perhaps they will soon have some out so we can get one for him. That was truly fine of him to send us the Life magazine for this coming year.
Sweetheart, I’m so tired and weary I can hardly see so I think I will close for tonight and try to get a fairly good night’s rest. God bless you Lover, and remember that I love you much more than ever I have before. Be sure to give the folks my love.
Always just yours, Lover,
in Christ’s wonderful love,