March 1, 1945

 1 March 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has really been a day of a little bit of everything, and I am very very tired for some reason or other. Early this morning I talked with some of the men and then later I came back here to my tent to work on my sermons for this weekend. I also arranged the order of services and later Don cut the stencil. I wanted to get those things out of the way because tomorrow I plan on spending the whole day calling on men in the various hospitals.

After dinner I did some more studying and then spent the rest of the afternoon around with the men. After supper I came over to my quarters, but in the meantime a certain officer wanted to see me about something. I talked to him a long time about some trouble he is having back home. Darling, thank you for being such a wonderful Christian wife. If I had to be concerned about you I don’t know what I would ever do.

I had to hurry to get down to the chapel in time for Bible class. The weather has been most disagreeable since about mid afternoon. In spite of that fact and the fact that a lot are away we did have a fairly good attendance. There were 12 there and the discussion was very good. I think you would enjoy the classes, Dear.

On the back: Me coming up the back stairs, carrying coconuts.

Well Dear, now I will try to answer some of your questions and will make comments on your letter of February 20th. First of all, I wanted to tell you that it is really encouraging to know that Mr. Paul is better, as you say, I know it must’ve been very hard on Mrs. Paul. I was glad to hear that you were able to visit with Eleanor and Mac for a while. From what you said, their little boy must be growing a lot. Knowing them as I do, I will be most surprised if they go to our old church at East Moline, Illinois. Dear, I have never heard of the Christian Service Brigade before but from what you told me in the letter it sounds very good. I’m glad you took notes on his report, perhaps we will be able to do something with it in our next church.

I was certainly surprised to find out that Bob and Ralph rented an apartment without furniture. When you told me they rented a place before, I thought it was furnished. Buying all the things you mentioned must have taken a lot of money,  and I’m wondering what they will do with the things if it doesn’t work out so well. It is a sure thing they will lose money on those things. By the way Darling, I placed the pictures in my album this afternoon, that is, I mean the ones you just sent. I love them very much, they do help more than you will ever know. Be sure to keep them coming this way. Yes, Dear, I remember Mr. Stephen Habuch. He gave the same message one time when I was in the seminary. Well Dear, I was surprised to hear the other new story about a Cat’s Eye, but I think at least I know where those came from that I sent to you because I got them with my own hands and I saw them with my own eyes and it is a sure thing they were not from a fish, if it was a fish I’m mistaken about my fish.

I looked over your outline Dear and I think it is very good and shows some fine thinking and preparation. Keep up the good work. One of these Sundays I will use it. When I do, I will let you know.

My Dear, I had hoped to write you a much longer letter tonight, but I am tired and it is time for lights out so I will have to close. By the way, I was glancing through the latest Time Magazine and ran onto the following articles entitled, “Women.” I’m sending it on to you because I feel it is valuable and is indicative of what I am constantly running into everyday. Today and yesterday I had two cases come to my attention in the same category as a couple mentioned in the article I am enclosing.

Well, Beloved, God bless you in all things and remember I am more grateful for your wonderful love and life then you will ever know. Again, thank you for being such a good wife.

Forever yours and the love of 

Christ Jesus our Lord.


Colossians 3:3

Ruth 1:16, 17

One thought on “March 1, 1945

  • John T Reed
    March 1, 2019, 3:50 am

    I remember that back stairway at the house on Elmdale! There was also a room off the back of the apartment above the stairs overlooking the alleyway below. Really brings back memories 🙂

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