“I plan to send Timothy to you very soon so he can bring back all the news of you he can gather.” Philippians 2:19
While Paul sat in a Roman jail, he wrote long letters, such as the one in the Book of Philippians. He sent them with a trusted friend to share to the people and waited for the friend to return learn about the ministry he had begun.
Before my husband and I were married, Glen spent ten months on the U.S.S Jason, a repair ship, cruising throughout the Pacific Ocean. During those long months, we wrote letters–almost daily. The letters came to me in batches, sometimes once a week. He received my letters even more intermittently. My children found it hard to believe that during that time we didn’t have as much as one telephone conversation.
As I think about the hundreds of letters I received from Glen, I realize it wasn’t the current news (not much to share when on the open sea), but how much I learned through his words about his sensitivity, humor, goals for the future, desires for our relationship.
About fifteen years into our marriage (about the time our children could read), I made the decision to burn the box of letters as they were intimate and for my eyes only. Now, I wish I had kept a few of the letters so that my children could get a glimpse of their father as a young man.
Dear Lord, we wait to hear good news from all your servants. Amen.