November 4, 1944

November 4, 1944

My Beloved Darling Wife:

I have thought of you so many times today that I’m sure you must have picked up my broadcast sometime or other. Sweetheart, it is a great joy and comfort to my heart to be able to bank on your love and faithfulness as I do. Many times during the course of the day’s work, I thank our Heavenly Father for you Dear, because you mean more to me than you will ever realize. Remember the song, “There’s a limit to the rain drops in a shower, there is a limit to the color of the rainbow, but there is not a limit to my love for you”? Yes, be it forever known to you there is a limit to everything but the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and my love for you, Darling.

I got up early this morning and did some reading in the Old Testament before breakfast. After having my breakfast I came back to my quarters and wrote a letter to Alrik Blomquist. If I keep getting a couple extra out each day, I will catch up until another bunch of letters come in. For a while I studied. Then Raymond and I made up four different packages with a necklace (shell) in each one. I mailed them to the following ones. Dolores, Faith Allen, Nettie and Bertha. I thought perhaps they might like to have one. When I write to them I will tell them that they are from us, Dear. By the way, that makes me think, are there any others you would like to give necklaces too? If so, let me know as soon as possible and I will try to get them. I’ve been thinking it would be nice for you to give one to Edith Jackson, what do you think? If so, I will mail one to you for her from us. Let me know Dear who you would like to have them for because I will not be here much longer.

After getting our packages ready, Raymond and I went over to Captain Wilkinson’s quarters and helped him get three packages ready to send home to his wife, mother and sister. As soon as we had them all ready, we went to the Post Office to start them on their way. I still had some time before dinner when we returned from the Post Office, so I used the time to do some more reading. Our dinner was as per usual. By the way, we did have a good supper, that is, much better than usual.

Willis Reed and his assistant Raymond Cox. November 1944.

Shortly after dinner a problem came up down at the native village that I have been expecting for some time. Captain Wilkinson had to go down that way for some other reason so I used the opportunity to help with the situation. It seems to have cleared up now.

We stopped by the Air Base for a while and by the time we returned it was suppertime. As soon as supper was finished, we went up to the Post Office to pick up what parcel post came in today. There wasn’t any first-class mail at all. If there are any planes tomorrow, I truly hope they will bring some first-class mail. As soon as we picked up the packages we came back this way, but before arriving at headquarters we decided to look for some shells along the shore. I found a few pretty nice ones. As I said before, I will mail them to you in the next box.

We had one of the most beautiful sunsets I ever remember seeing. I wish I had a good Kodachrome camera like Mr. Paul has. If I did, I would try to record some of them so you could see how beautiful they are. Such splendor makes one very much aware of the greatness and beauty of our Lord. I’m sure Mr. Paul would be thrilled to get some of those sunsets down here.

Darling, I got four Christmas packages, they were from the following people: Jack and Bertha, the Riley’s in Boston, Galilean Bible Class of the Vermont Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, and Connie. Jack and Bertha’s box contained a box of cocoa, two pounds of fig bars and a nice fruitcake. Rileys box contained: 1 pound of chocolate vanilla wafers, tooth powder, shaving cream, razor blades, a book of sermons by Dr. C. Gordon Brownsville, and a fruitcake, also a package of air mail envelopes. The Galilean Class Box contained: 2 pounds of beautifully prepared stuffed fruit along with a very nice Christmas card. Connie’s was a box of assorted candies. I can see that some of my friends and I believe some of the patients in the hospital will have some candy and sweets, for you know I don’t care for too much candy and the like. People are surely thoughtful and kind to us, are they not Dear? I surely hope you packed your picture and the folks very well when you mailed them because every one of these packages had taken a real beating. As soon as they told me I had four packages, I looked immediately for yours, because I can hardly wait until it arrives. I noted that you mailed yours the last minute so it may be a little late in getting here. Most of these packages have been on their way a month.

After improvising a way of trying to keep the ants out of the fruit cake and candy I washed my hair and took a bath. I took a piece of string and tied my barracks bag to a rafter, now I hope the little ants will keep their nose out of things I received in the mail today. A fellow came into my quarters tonight and when he saw all the things I received he said it looked like Santa Claus left his entire pack in my quarters.

As soon as I finished my bath, I studied some more of my message for tomorrow. And now here I am writing to you, Dear. You are such a wonderful wife. My arms are so anxious to hold and caress you again. Isn’t it a blessed thought to have so many happy memories, and more than that, isn’t it joy unspeakable to look to the future together through Christ who is making us one for the ages of the ages? It seems to me the future is alive with expectancy because of our trust in God and each other. God bless you my beloved, is late so I will close and try to get a good nights rest.

It is so sweet to be yours Darling,

Just yours in the love of Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

One thought on “November 4, 1944

  • John T Reed
    November 4, 2018, 3:31 am

    “I took a piece of string and tied my barracks bag to a rafter, now I hope the little ants will keep their nose out of things I received in the mail today.” Always the resourceful one, that Willis! 🙂

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