May 16, 1946

Seoul, Korea

16 May 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I’ve just finished my evening meal and I want to get this letter written and in the box before time for Bible class if at all possible. This has been a banner of a day as far as mail is concerned, for I received four wonderful letters from you Beloved, and they were yours of May 3, 4, 5, and 6. I read them over twice already and they have certainly meant a lot to me as do every one of your letters. I also received your graduation announcement along with your new name card, and Beloved, after looking at the announcement my heart came right up to my throat and it seems I haven’t yet been able to swallow it. Honestly, this evening it was hard for me to eat my supper. I suppose that sounds sissy-like, but if it is it is because I love you so very much that it hurts me beyond description to be separated from you like this. I had always secretly hoped that I would be there to see you receive your degree, but the Lord has had other plans and even though it hurts me, I’m going to do my very best to abide by that which is taking place. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t know that you were praying with me about this whole thing. Darling, words in no way whatsoever can describe what it means to have a blessed Christian wife like you are to me. Thank you, Beloved, for being such a good wife to me.

  And then I received four other letters, they were from the following people:  Diane McClintock, John Mueller, my cousin Beverly Reed and a short note and announcement from Gail Hollensteiner for her graduation. She is supposed to graduate on the 12th of June. That makes me think, Dear, if you can find the time, I think it would be nice if you could find some nice appropriate graduation gift and send it to her from us. She is such a fine girl and the Hollys have been so very good to me and I love them so very much and I know you will too when you meet them. And perhaps that can be after I return to you, we shall leave it in the Lord’s hands for what He wants us to do.

  This has certainly been a rounder of a day to say the least. Really, you get so tired and weary from being interrupted so much that you can hardly stand it. I tried to read another chapter in the book entitled, PRAYER, but every time I tried to do so, I was interrupted. There were only 15 pages and I still have 5 more to go. This business of reading in snatches isn’t so good. It makes it additionally trying when some of them come into the office with such petty little grapes. Honestly, it seems they can never find anything to be thankful for, just complain and cry. This morning I was called in on another psycho case, and that took quite a long time. Immediately following the dinner hour, I had just started to read a little more in the book on prayer when in walked Hodak, he missed the last ship and now has to wait for the next one so he came out here to the hospital. It so happens that I sent Dennis into Seoul with a written message to be delivered to Captain Howard Haynes, after that they were going to drive over to see Hodak, but now he came out here missing them. Jeanette went along with them because she had half a day off. They haven’t returned as yet, I surely hope they didn’t have some trouble.

  I was certainly happy to hear about John Stek calling you, but I was sorry to know you didn’t have an opportunity to talk to him yourself. He is one of the finest young men I have ever met since being in the Army. He was an old friend and faithful member of the old 31st Infantry when I was there. He used to drop out to see me here at the hospital after my assignment out here.

  It warmed up today, but for some reason or other, it is still quite cool in the evenings. In fact in the morning, it is generally very cool. I really love to hear all the birds singing when I arise early in the morning. Some of them have lovely voices.

  Three different chaplains were here calling on patients today and I know all of them so that took quite some time. They were Chaplain Wells, Harris, and Edwards. And they are all Baptists. Naturally, we talked over a number of things which are matters of great concern with all of us. Our overall attitude among the soldiers is not good and we are not fooling the Koreans either. They can distinguish drunkenness and lose living in Americans as well as in Koreans. By the way, Don enclosed a clipping in his letter about the Northern Baptist Convention which I am going to send on to you because I feel that you would be interested in reading it. I don’t know where the article came from but it will be of interest I’m sure. I do so hope that everything works out in a way that will be to the glory and honor of Christ and the strengthening of our work in the denomination. Having been separated from the whole situation this way, I don’t know what to think and it is very hard to draw any definite conclusions.

Reed family reunion 1956. Willis with his father Earl, his children (from left to right) John, Daniel, Martha, Mark and his “Dearest Darling Sweetheart,” Sarah.

I was certainly surprised to hear about the Baers selling their home again. As you said, they are always on the move it seems. I’m glad to know that you received such a very nice letter from Betty Weiskopf. I owe her a letter and must get it off to her as soon as possible. From what you said in your letter, your first meeting of the Vacation Bible School teachers sounded very interesting. I do hope that they have a good school this year. Darling, with the uncertainty of shipping and the forthcoming atomic bomb test, I don’t know whether I’ll be able to arrive back there in time to help with the school, but if I do, you can be sure that I’ll do all in my power to help in any way that I can.

  Darling, it even makes me feel badly even though I’m halfway around the world from Bob to know that he isn’t trying very hard to find himself a job. I don’t like to say anything in a letter because it may be misunderstood and I certainly don’t want you to take something wrong and then feel hurt with me. However, I cannot understand how he can constantly putter around with that car hours on end and then not get out and find a job. I was certainly greatly surprised to find in your letter of May 6th that Margie’s folks don’t know he is out of work and that Bob is afraid they will find out about it. I’m willing to pray for him, but after all, he has to do something about it also. I don’t blame Margie for feeling badly. With the forthcoming addition of responsibility, you would think that he would be doing all he could to make it easier for Margie and give her a sense of security and accomplishment as they look forward to that glad day when they can be crowned with that highest and most revered of privileges, the privilege of parenthood. I so hope that we will be granted that blessed privilege and soon. You will be such a good mother I know and I’ll assure you now that I’ll do all I know to be a good and kind father, and if I need guidance and help I’m sure that I can count on the Lord and you to help me. What I feel about you in my heart Beloved, when it comes to thought in this realm is beyond the possibility of description with the mere words which fall from the lips of me. All I can say is, “thank you,”  for saying yes and being my counterpart forever in Christ. I must close Lover, God bless you in all things.

 Forever yours only because we

 are forever each others in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

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