November 23, 1944

Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 1944

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

There are so many things to be thankful for today my dear, but I assure you that the thing I am most grateful for today is you and your wonderful love and companionship. You may say, “Willie, I think we are to remember that Christ’s love is even greater.” But my darling, remember apart from the love of Christ Jesus you and I would never have known each other. And to me you always be a part of my salvation, for sincerely I believe that the Lord meant for us to be each other’s for all eternity and how can we ever be thankful for each other’s love and our salvation as being separate. To me they are one in the same thing. You know the consolation and joy it knowing we are each other’s now and forever no matter what may happen is an abiding source of power that carries me through the day’s work in trials. I cannot think of a better way of saying what is in my heart and saying it is been expressed in the song “Blessed quietness.” Darling, everything about you speaks of peace, encouragement, joy and challenges to my life and heart. Do you ever wonder why or how I love you so much, well it is what you are now and what you will be in Christ that makes my heart full of gratitude for God’s loving kindness.

This being Thanksgiving day all the men were given the day off, of course there were a few details that had to go on. I got up early and did some reading. After that I washed out some clothes and while I was washing, Captain Wilkinson came over and asked me to go to the native village with him. We had a good visit with the natives and they gave me a couple of necklaces, so I will get them underway and you can give them to Olga and Kitty some time from us.

Willis in his Jeep 1944.

Carl Scherenberg and prepared a very good dinner down at the farm in the asked Raymond, Captain Wilkinson and I do have dinner with them. We did and enjoyed it very much. Carl and the other cook really take an interest in their work. They are recognized is about the best cooks on the island. After dinner, Captain Wilkinson and I walked along the shore and pick up a few more shells. I think I will try and get another package out to you tomorrow. I think you’ll enjoy some of these shells.

We had a very good meal up here at headquarters around 4:45. The turkey was really good and the other things that went along with the dinner. I thought of you several times. I do hope all of you had a good time. The meal was good, but I would have rather been with you and had nothing but bread and water.

After eating I did some more studying and later kept Wilkinson came over in his Jeep and we took a ride along the shore road. We also stopped out in the area where the young Gooneybird are hatching out. Is really something to see them and small babies up until the time and they’re able to start flying. They look like a big ball of down before they start getting their fathers. They are about the clumsiest things you can imagine.

It was really hot today. I was wondering what the weather was like back there. I suppose it was nice and cool. I am thankful that it is nice and cool tonight, if I get to bed in a little while at to get some sleep. For some reason or other I am rather tired.

We have the movie tonight entitled “Dragon Seed.” I saw the whole thing and enjoyed it very much. Knowing of the experiences of missionaries I find it it was very good and I hope a lot of people will see it and do some serious thinking. Of course I think it lacked the most important thing of all When Christ is not brought in as the only hope for China as well as the world. It mean the portrayed with a Japanese did to China and how China has been responding. We need to pray for China and her leaders.

Immediately following the movie I came back to my quarters and wrote a letter to the folks to think them for their love and most of all for all you are to me my dear. As I have said before my love for you goes beyond the realm of expression. When I finish the letter, I read your last letters over again, but it is so late now that I decided to answer them and make comments in tomorrow evening’s letter.

Lover, I am going to close for tonight in regard richly bless you in all things. You are so sweet my dear.

Thankful unto God that we are 

forever each other’s in Christ’s Love,


Colossians 3:3

PS I am enclosing a letter from my aunt and uncle at York, Nebraska. I thought you might like to read it.

4 thoughts on “November 23, 1944

  • Jennifer Johnson
    November 23, 2018, 9:32 pm

    What a sweet letter. Good to get to know your grandpa a bit better. Thankful for him and Sarah.

    • willisareed
      November 24, 2018, 5:59 pm

      Thanks so much for sharing, Jennifer!

  • David Greer
    November 24, 2018, 12:12 pm

    I am one of many who have been touched br Dr Reed from my youth on, from the early days of the old church helping my loving father carry his daughter up the back stairs to the many times he visited my parents when they were in the hospital bringing a soft touch and word as only he could to having the joy of having Dr Reed have dinner with me and my family before I went off to college, I will always cherish there memory and the great affect he had on my life.

    • willisareed
      November 24, 2018, 5:58 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing, David. It is always so good to hear from people whom he interacted with!

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