Hand written love letters are the best.
It is where the heart is exposed and the soul of the writer is revealed.
Being a romantic, I find reading love letters from historical figures gives one insight not only into the current culture of that day, but pulls back the curtain of the writers life.
Like the Wizard Of Oz, there is a human, a real person behind the curtain and the booming voice and assertive personality.
Letters like these are readily accessible on the web and in literature.
Earlier this evening I was reading through various letters and one in particular caught my attention.
Not only reading the words themselves, and being placed as the reader into the center of the matter, the expression of heart felt, deeper than mortal life love.
Here are excerpts from a rather lengthy letter as the writer is longing to be present through his words.
Distance and time has separated the two parties.
I found the following lines moving.
I wish one day to write a letter as warm, as sincere and as deeply felt.
“I have told you all my feelings; I love you with all my heart.”
“Any coldness still between us is not because of any lack of love on my part but because your love does not reach out to me and draw me in.”
“You are in my heart forever and I live and die with you.”
“You have made me so happy.”
“When our friend told me how much you were looking forward to my visit, and how sorry you were about what had happened, and your warm love for me, well, I overflowed with joy!”
“I am no longer sorry that I sent that letter to you, though I was very sorry for a time, realizing how painful it would be to you. But it hurt you only for a little while.”
“I close my letter with these last words: Be happy.”
A beautiful letter.
Worded in a style all it’s own.
Penned as though the writers heart was being torn apart by distance yet laid to bare on paper.
And it was.
For these excerpts came from one of the most famous writers of all time and placed into a collection of sixty six books.
In this case, this love letter was from the Apostle Paul in his second letter to the church at Corinth.
May we each discover and grasp the depth of love that inspired this man to write these words.