Love letters …

With a certain sweetness that wraps itself around my heart and won’t let go…

Especially the good, old fashioned kind full of sentiments expressed in a flourishing script, received when least expected.

Dearest Husband is a romantic through and through, and a writer, so he gifts me with the lovliest of letters, always on his trademark yellow legal note paper. (I wouldn’t want any other stationery!)

Michael’s letters are a reminder, just for me.

He loves me.  Truly, madly, deeply.  Loving me as only a man who devotedly loves Jesus really can.

We found each other in our fifth decade, the second half, the last of our years on earth.  Great loss and sorrow preceded our ever coming together, the purging fires of God’s fierce love as it prepared us to be man and wife. And the pain has rendered our relationship all the more tender.

Beauty from ashes…

His letters, read and reread, draw me in, ever closer, like an invisible caress.  Words holding me in the dark, especially those rare times when traveling takes him far from my arms.

In that moment, I may not be able to look into my precious husband’s dark green eyes and know how he feels about me, without a word.  But his words, written, encourage and comfort my heart, assuring me that in just a little while, he and I will reunite.

That his love for me is steadfast and forever.

And isn’t this what God has done for us?

He has penned through the ages the dearest, truest love letter ever written.  A treasure in 66 books that captivates us with His redemptive love from start to finish. 

And although we may not be able to gaze into the eyes of Jesus right now, He is coming back for us.

And then He will hold us in the sweetest embrace.  And in that moment our hearts will beat anew, more whole than even before they were broken.

The bridegroom coming for his beloved, beautiful bride.

Glorious thought!

If you are anything like me, you long to hear how very much you are loved.  Not just on the 14th of February, but every day, eternally.

Let God’s word speak to your heart each day, and may it be as kisses sweeter than wine..

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”  John 15:9

 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. “ Jeremiah 31:3

“But God demonstrates his own love for you in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for you.”  Romans 5:8

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

“Because of his great love for you, God who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”  Ephesians 2:4

“Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:8

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

~sheila

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