Just before Christmas Andy and I celebrated 36 years since we first started going out. It did take another 7 years before we got married following a few ‘commercial breaks’ (!) and a couple of times when we were apart because I was working in Canada and Spain.
That was long before the days of mobile phones, emails, texts, FaceTime etc. We had to rely on good old snail mail to stay in touch!! How I loved getting a letter in the post. The joy when it arrived and the disappointment if the postman passed by!
Since then I’ve so appreciated the more instant joy of texts and FaceTime when Andy or I have been away travelling. It’s made the distance so much easier.
Recently, I felt the Lord remind me how much I loved and still love ‘communication’ whether by text or email or letter or face to face.
He also wanted to remind me how much He loves to communicate with me.
It may be through His written word or His Holy Spirit, or through books and quotations and the words of others. There are numerous ways the Father communicates with His children.
I have a book by Larry Crabb which talks about the books of the Bible as “66 Love Letters“. He writes about each book, answering the question “What does God want me to hear from this love letter?”
Imagine if I had been waiting and waiting for a letter from Andy and when it arrived, I hadn’t bothered to open it. Do you think I would have put it away without opening it and looking at the contents? No way!!!!!
I couldn’t wait to open it!! I read it and read it again then re-read it several times to keep me going until the next one arrived!!
The Father’s Love Letters are always waiting for us to pick them up.
Father, forgive us for the many times we have ignored your love letters to us and not taken time to open them and read and reread them.
Thank you Lord your love for each of us is so strong and so unique. Father as we open these beautiful love letters, I pray we would see your love revealed in every line and in every word, and in response we would fall more and more in love with you and long to know you even more.
Love letters are great but face to face time is even better. I’m so grateful to be able to communicate more easily with Andy now if we are apart through travelling but nothing beats seeing him again and getting to spend time with him, chatting face to face.
In Exodus 33:11 we read “The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”
One of my current favourite songs is “A little longer” by Bethel Music. In the song the question is posed “What can I do for You, Beautiful King?” And the Lord’s response is truly beautiful.
“Then I hear You say
You don’t have to do a thing
Simply be with me and
Let those things go
They can wait another minute
Wait this moment is too sweet
Please stay here with me
And love on Me a little longer
‘Cause I’m in love with you”
We were created for relationship. May this be a year when we respond to his invitation to discover and learn, through His Love Letters and time spent with Him, the depth of His words, “I’m in love with you“.
PS I still have all Andy’s letters to me ♥️