By Miriam Rossow
You know the scene… A soldier is at war and far from his family. He receives in the mail a package from his loved ones. It is full of candy, kleenexes, hand sanitizer, homemade cookies and cards. In the middle of all the stuff is a white envelope. The envelope has his name on it written in her handwriting. This is clearly for him.
Slowly and very carefully he picks up the letter, he can smell the smallest hint of her perfume. Yes, it smells just like her. He carefully opens the envelope and pulls out the letter. There in her handwriting are the beautiful words of love. She shares her heart, dreams, and fears with him. She makes promises to never leave and to be faithful. At the end she signs it. He recognizes the signature as her own and she has even added a kiss to the end of the letter.
Amidst the chaos of his life, far from his family, and maybe even unsure of her love for him he is reassured by her love letter. She has shared with him her heart. She has made promises to him. She has reassured him of her love.
Amidst the chaos of his life, far from his family, and maybe even unsure of her love for him he is reassured by her love letter.
Amidst the chaos of my life, I can feel far from God, and sometimes unsure of His love for me. I am reassured by the love letter He sends to me. In His letter He has shared His heart. In His letter He has shared His Son. He has made promises to me. He reassures me of His love.
I know this letter is for me. I recognize the writer. I recognize the person behind the writing. It has a personal touch that tells me this is from God to me.
This love letter is the bible. As I read the bible I am introduced and reintroduced to a God who loves me. A God who showed me through the death of His Son how much He loved me. A God who wrote these words for me to encourage me, support me, and love me. These words that share His heart and person are written so that I might believe and trust in Him.
These words that share His heart and person are written so that I might believe and trust in Him.
The letter the soldier receives from his loved one is cherished. He keeps it close to his heart and reads it often. When his life gets messy and he is scared that letter is a comfort. When things become tough and unsure the letter is an encouragement. When he is unsure who is waiting for him that letter reminds him of her heart.
When I think of the bible as God’s love letter written personally to me I will cherish it. I will keep it close to my heart. I will read it’s words often and remember them in my daily life. These words He sends to me to point me to His love for me through and in Jesus.
As life gets messy and scary the bible is my comfort. When life becomes tough and unsure the bible is my encouragement. And when I become uncertain of God’s love for me I can turn to the bible and see the signature of Jesus’ hands in the cross and know that I am His and His love is never changing.
If you are looking for a way to study and learn more about God’s love letter for you check out our Fall Bible Study options this year.