January 7, 1945

January 7, 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, another Lord’s day has passed that we will not have to be apart. I thought of you many times and wondered how you got along this first Sunday of the new year. It always makes me happy to know that I can be sure you are serving the Lord in some capacity on this day. Darling, words can never adequately describe the joy which is mine because of your wonderful life and your love. 

I attended the service of Chaplain Kern at 9 o’clock and started my new service at 10 o’clock. There were 18 in attendance which isn’t so bad for starting a new service at an entirely new hour. This morning I had a communion service for the men. 

Willis having a communion service on the hood of his jeep. May 1944.

This evening I started a new service at the Post Chapel at 7:30 P.M. For the life of me I cannot understand a division like this with 15 chaplains and no evening services for the men. Well, we had, as strange as it may seem, 18 in attendance this evening. I used as my scripture Mark 14:43-54. Key verse 54, “Following Christ at a distance.” If you will remember, I used the same text and message on December 17th. I studied it some more and gave it over again. It was a blessing to me as I sought to prepare myself for the responsibility of giving it. I really felt God’s presence as I gave it. I asked the men to invite others so we might win them to Christ. I extended an invitation and one soldier came forward to accept Christ another came forward to rededicate his life to Christ. Darling, there are a lot of things I would like to tell you, but not right now. Please pray for me and that my life may be a fit instrument for God to use, there is so much in my life that needs to be cleansed and purified. Honestly, my heart aches when I see those who are supposed to represent Christ live so loose and worldly lives. It seems they are satisfied with sermonettes and merely fulfilling the duty of having at least one service for the men. I realize it is going to be difficult to do what I think should be done, but I’ll stand by what I believe, even if they transfer me out of the outfit. I believe men ought to have the opportunity to know Christ instead of this tickling their minds and letting it go at that. Again Darling, I ask you and the seminary and North Shore to pray about our work here.

I’m going to enclose the order of service. I used this morning. I thought you might like to have one to look at. 

Sweetheart, there are many more things I would like to tell you, but it is so late I will have to get into bed. I talked to three men until very late following services. 

By the way, I am certainly thankful to God for my assistant. He is a wonderful Christian fellow. May God bless you in all things, my Dear. 

Just yours I am forever in the 

Love of Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

One thought on “January 7, 1945

  • Dan Reed
    January 7, 2019, 6:56 am

    Honestly, my heart aches when I see those who are supposed to represent Christ live so loose and worldly lives. It seems they are satisfied with sermonettes and merely fulfilling the duty of having at least one service for the men. I realize it is going to be difficult to do what I think should be done, but I’ll stand by what I believe, even if they transfer me out of the outfit. I believe men ought to have the opportunity to know Christ instead of this tickling their minds and letting it go at that.—Willis was always looking for ways to be completely committed to Christ, not be satisfied with the just the minimum it took to be called a Christian.

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