“Letters mingle souls.”
At our annual Christmas lunch, Mother pulled a little envelope from her purse and wordlessly, tenderly presented it in my experience. I recognized the uneven penmanship as my father’s. My thoughts raced. “Oh, Mother! Is that this the letter—the one I’ve pleaded with him to create for such a long time?” Her glimmering tears clarified quietly. She recommended I just read it after i was alone.
Later that night, when i sitting within the hearthroom among the glow of flickering flames and also the hazy halo of Christmas lights, I tore open the envelope with shaking fingers and browse the valuable missive. Onto several little note pages, my father’s stoic soul had melted, giving method to a litany of affection. As lengthy when i could remember, Father had not voiced his tenderness toward me. What he couldn’t say personally now ran freely from his pen. I just read and wept—and wept again. Lightly placing the papers during the envelope, I understood I had been putting a duration of Daddy’s love within my heart.
How good I understood my father’s clumsiness. I’d frequently attempted unsuccessfully to verbalize my like to my heavenly Father. Self-conscious and stilted, I discovered it impossible to talk my love in prayer. It had been hard to concentrate and also to articulate my greatest feelings for God. My endearments were spoken scattershot—blurted erratically, tossed carelessly towards the wind. I started to understand that sentiments so treasured, so tender, should be carefully considered and attentively considered, found like gems in the heart’s depths.
Eventually I required time to create instructions to God. It had been amazing! My feelings put forth, spilling over from the heart’s reservoir of affection. In some way the act of writing—this praying on paper—had released a geyser of feelings formerly unexpressed.
Yet this experience ought to have be no real surprise. In the end, God, our supreme Lover, our great Romancer, understood that the wonderful method to woo His beloved and express His feelings was via a love letter, the Bible. He understood that “letters mingle souls,” and that he gave us His heart-print in ink to ensure that we’d possess the pleasure of studying, pondering, and tracing its testimony again and again. Since the spoken word is ephemeral, God presented us having a lasting testament of The love.
God required great pleasure in giving us His written love letter. So we can assume He’d also take great enjoy receiving our written response. Because God is really a author, it is common that people, produced in the image, are authors also.
As you author declared, “Love always really wants to proclaim itself, to create itself everywhere: within the sand, within the fire, with flowers, within the wind.” David, the psalmist and king, understood this. He declared, “My heart is filled with an attractive thought! I’ll write an attractive poem towards the King, for I’m as filled with words because the speediest author flowing out his story.” When David’s psalms were placed on paper, the abundance of his heart naturally spilled over into an accumulation of love letters, the Psalms—the book of Scripture a lot of us treasure most.
Oh, the way we cherish love letters! We wait breathlessly to get them. We read and reread them. We sprinkle all of them with perfume, tie all of them with a satin ribbon, and store these questions gorgeous box.
We savor them simply because they make us feel extraordinary—because someone thought an adequate amount of us to create to all of us, because someone required the energy to show his inmost, passionate ideas, because someone reliable us using the finest gift of, his heart.
It’s the gift of the whole heart that God most desires—a heart without pretense or posturing a heart in most its honesty, beauty, passion, and brokenness a heart pulsing with love, pleasure, sadness, delight, doubt, discomfort, anguish, even anger. Real love expresses all feelings, and true love—God’s real love for you—accepts them.
The most amazing way I’ve discovered to wrap the present of me is at instructions. Love letters are “our heart on the sleeve, our fight standard, our essence, our indelible signature, our emotional fingerprint, our private well of memory…our true secret self.”
It’s our hidden self we most lengthy to show. My love letters reveal my truest essence—my soul made visible in most its closeness and intricacy. I am unable to help but love God while he loves me I am unable to help but email God while he has written in my experience. I take time to write because my Lover deserves my efforts. I write because, though physically unseen, God is real, and writing draws me nearer to Him. I write since i need to offer Him greater than a hurried “I love You” on the move. I write since i lengthy to embroider my passion having a flourish of my pen, an embellishment of me. I write because my spoken sentiments are evanescent, and that i need a permanent method to preserve my ideas. I write because God values my hopes a lot he states He sprinkles all of them with incense and saves them within the “golden bowls of paradise.”
My ups, my downs, my victories, my defeats, my adoration, my indifference, my belief, my doubts, my questions—and God’s responses—are recorded within my journals. These records are love letters from the heart to God’s—messages from His heart to mine—letters sent special delivery back and forth from paradise which have altered my existence on the planet. I sign my letters in ink which will eventually fade. But God signs His in indelible ink—the bloodstream of His Boy shed for me personally, bloodstream that covers my imperfection and enables me to wish freely to Him.
You show that you’re a
letter from Christ…written
avoid ink however with
the Spirit from the living God,
this is not on tablets of stone but
on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3
Excerpted from Love Letters to God 2004 by Lynn Morrissey. Utilized by permission of Multnomah Publishers, Corporation. Excerpt might not be reproduced with no prior written consent of Multnomah Publishers, Corporation .