My husband slid the worn stationary box across the table and told me I would love what was inside. He’d discovered the box tucked away in the attic not too long after we had moved into our house in Boulder, Colorado. I opened the box and found a preserved collection of love letters from the summer of 1955, in date order with a tally on top of how many the two lovers had personally written. What a precious possession! Unfortunately, the names on the letters were not people we knew. Our young children soon demanded my attention and I placed the special box on a closet shelf.
Fast-forward three years, we had received a job offer with a move back to Louisiana bringing us closer to grandparents, and had begun packing the house. My husband found the forgotten box and again put it in front of me, telling me that we were not packing it. I could not imagine tossing the precious letters. One of our elderly neighbors recognized the names as the original owners of our home in 1965 – it was now 1992. The best news was their current address was just across town!
My plan was to deliver the letters within our last two weeks in town, but it came down to the last day. I drove to the address and was determined to tuck the box by the front door if no one was home. I rang the doorbell and heard the door open. I held the box behind my back and introduced myself. She responded that my address was her first house many years ago. When I told her I had a surprise and produced the box, she begged to know who told me – I had no idea what she was talking about. “Today is our 35th wedding anniversary and these will be the best present anyone could have given us!” I stepped back in amazement. God, Creator of the Universe, had used me to deliver a special gift to these precious people on this special day. These were truly love letters from God. Can you imagine reading love letters written to you from more than 35 years earlier?
We each have the opportunity to read our own love letters from God as we open our Bibles daily. Through multiple authors scattered over a timeline of years, His love message to us rings true.
Valentine’s Day may have been a tough one this year. You may be marking the day without a special loved one or celebrating your singleness with an empty heart. You may feel that no one cares.
No matter the circumstances, God’s love letters apply. Read His letters daily, as if you were separated from a loved one and finally receiving correspondence. Soak the message up, memorize the words. They will be as a balm to your soul. One of my favorites is reading and knowing, that I am the apple of God’s eye! (Psalm 17:8)
These selections are love letters from God written years ago for you to read today:
You are the apple of My eye, ( your name ) Psalm 17:8
I have called you one of My children because I love you, ( your name ) 1 John 3:1
Your name, ( your name ), is written on the palm of My hand Isaiah 49:16
I am greater than your heart and I know everything about you, ( your name )
1 John 3:19-20
You did not choose Me, but I chose you, ( your name ) John 15:16
My love endures forever, ( your name ) Psalm 136
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also, ( your name ) John 14:3
I loved you so much that I sent My Son to secure your future with Me, ( your name ). John 3:16
After you have read your special love letters, take time to thank the Lover of our souls, God Almighty.
Blessings & remember that God’s gift of love is for you,