13 September 1945
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
Well, another day has slipped by for which I am very thankful, for if God so wills it means we are one day closer to seeing and being together again. And if not here we know we will be together over there because of the precious thought found in our life verse, Dear. (Colossians 3:3)
In the short note I wrote to you last evening you will remember how I told you about the downpour of rain. I’m sorry that was such a short letter and not as interesting, but if you knew the conditions and the contrary weather I’m sure you would understand. It rained steady until about dark tonight. There was a break in the clouds at about sundown but I don’t know whether it will clear yet or not. I spent most of the day trying to round up my equipment and dry out those things which were soaked in the downpour.
By the way, this afternoon I met a missionary interpreter who had helped missionaries until about four and a half years ago when the missionaries he was helping were forced out of Korea by the Japanese military men. Shortly after the missionaries left, the police found him reading his Bible and immediately threw him into jail asking no questions. After that they rounded up all the men of this little church, as well as any who had Bibles. They were kept in a prison for over two years. One of the Christian men died while in prison. He died his first year in prison. The Japanese Army personnel gave them very little to eat and made them do many unpleasant tasks. In all that time he was not allowed to see his wife or three boys. The wives did the best they could under such conditions and came through all right. This man was finally turned loose because he was sick and had been for 7 months. He went back to his wife, children and little acre of land and finally regained his health. I’ve never seen more genuine joy written on a man’s face then on this man’s. He told how grateful the people of Korea are that we have taken over the responsibility of liberating them from the power and shackles of Japanese domination. He said it was almost akin to the joy that comes when we realize that Christ can and will save us if we but profess real living faith in Jesus Christ. He believes there is a great future for the cause of Christ in Korea if Christians in the USA and Korea really show forth the power of salvation in their lives and relationships with each other.
On every hand can be seen the fruits of Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and a host of other lesser Oriental cults. What a difference our Lord makes. It makes me think of the song which goes, “Jesus Set the World to Singing when He Came.” And it may be said this way concerning what I’ve seen so far in Korea; Jesus changed Korea when He came because His coming changed Koreans and Koreans as a result changed their native land.
Beloved, in spite of all that happened today and all the various experiences, I thought of you many times and I am so thankful to our Lord for the privilege of being just yours forever in Christ’s wonderful love. When Mr. Ko told me about his experiences I thought of you Dear and thanked the Lord for your ever faithful love and devotion to Christ and to me, your most blessed of God husband.
Many men spend a lifetime seeking gold, gain and fame, but in you I have more than all these put together because the above-mentioned are here today and gone tomorrow but in you (with Christ) I have immortality and incorruption. Dear, I wish there were some wonderful way to let you know just how much you mean to me and how much I love you. Again, thank you for being such a good Christian wife and sweetheart.
Dear, I have just finished reading your letter of August 20th and 21st. They were the letters written on Monday and Tuesday of the days Paul, Gen and the children were with you at the Dunes. Words cannot describe how lonesome I am for some mail from you, it actually seems like ages since I’ve heard from you. Your letters mean more to me than you will ever know. Those letters being read, read again for the umpteenth time did help but I’m anxious to know what you have been doing since that time. From what you said in your letters I could easily see that you had a wonderful time with the Vogels. I love them so very very much and will be glad when we can have a good visit again. Yes, those boys are dears and I do hope we can have a family of our own someday. There is nothing that can compare with children.
After all I have seen and experienced in my work as an Army chaplain, no one could more fully appreciate the blessed privilege which is mine and having a good wife like you, Dear. And I’m sure that you will be a very good mother to our children.
By the way, I finished reading the book entitled, “The Great Lakes”. I’ll send it to you later to read, I’m sure you would enjoy reading it and perhaps when we get our new car we will be able to take a trip to some of the places of interest. Anywhere with you will be blessed as far as I’m concerned. I cannot possibly tell you how lost I feel without you, Dear. Solomon was certainly correct when he said a good woman is above the price and worth of rubies.
For some time I have been unable to take enough time to answer some of your questions and make comments on things that you have written, so here goes.
Your description of swimming and playing in the waves made me think of many times when we had the joy of playing, walking, and talking of the things nearest our hearts. Remember when we used to say, “Refuel me, Sweetheart.” The very thought of you and your love and devotion does just that for me.
I enjoyed your description of the martin’s teaching the little ones to fly. They will need strong wings for their long flight to the warmer zones.
It was interesting to hear what you said about Truman’s speech on August 10th. I have never heard him speak, but as you said, I imagine there would be a great difference between his speaking and that of former President Roosevelt.
Darling, I’m pretty weary tonight so I think I will close for now. God bless you in all things. How I hope some mail will arrive soon. It is so good to be just yours now and ever.
Yours in Christ’s love for always
because we are one
(how glad it will be when I can say together again),