18 May 1946
Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:
Well, Dear, I was very grateful and thankful to receive your good letter of May 7th, nothing helps me like your good letters. I’ve just finished reading your letter again. I also received a letter from Connie and one from Chaplain Hedberg informing me that he had just written to his church ( First Park Baptist of Plainfield, New Jersey) recommending us to the pulpit committee. They have been without a pastor now for about four or five months and undoubtedly they have a man by now, anyhow it was very kind of him to take the time to write to them. From what he told me, it calls for a pastor, an assistant, and director of Religious Education. Frankly, the way I feel now I don’t believe I would care to be an assistant unless the Lord led specifically in that direction. You may receive a letter from them but I rather doubt it. If you do, be sure to open it and read it and see what they have to say.
This has been an upset day from the very beginning and with the responsibility of speaking this evening at the Youth for Christ meeting, I have the rest of the afternoon and evening ruined, so that is the reason I’m writing this letter to you now. We have to go in rather early because we have a quartet from the hospital who are going to sing two special numbers and they want to be there early enough to practice before the service begins.
A portion of my time was consumed this morning in talking to the chief nurse here at the hospital. Late yesterday afternoon she told me that she would like to talk to me about something as soon as possible. She was quite upset with the way Chaplain Martin has been acting and all the trouble he has caused since his arrival here at the hospital. From what she told me, a number of the nurses have been in to complain to her about Chaplain Martin. I’ve never been on such a spot since I’ve been in the Army, I really don’t know what to do about the situation. A number have told me they feel he ought to be transferred out of here as soon as possible because it is a sure thing he has cooked his goose around here. A good many have informed me outright that as long as he ever has a service they will never attend. Please pray about this trying situation, I certainly need help and wisdom outside of myself for a proper decision.
Following the dinner hour, I did manage to do a little more reading, but there were several phone calls and then a fellow came in to see me about some trouble he has back home, and naturally, that took quite a while. After that, I went around to the wards to do some visiting, and now as you can see, Lover, I’m writing to you and loving you a whole lot more. Thank you for the pictures which you enclosed in your letter this time. They were very good, but I am longing to see the real thing and be with you always. Chaplain Jaeger was just here to visit the hospital and it is very late so I must close for now. God bless you Darling in all things.
Always and forever just yours
because we are one in Him,
P.S. Enclosed find a copy of tomorrow’s order of worship.