collection of letters written in love

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.  Phil. 4:13

Through her faith, she did just that.  In one final, quiet breath, she passed from the earthly realm into the heavenly realm, leaving behind a tremendous legacy.

Two nights before her memorial services, I uncovered a treasure in my childhood home, a beautiful testimony of love.  I discovered a collection of letters.  My mom was the recipient of someone’s unconditional outpouring of love and affection.  That someone was my dad.  The letters were dated from 1950-1951, the year prior to their marriage.  Each letter had been carefully protected within its original envelope.  The right side of each envelope had been gently torn as to preserve the postmark, stamp and address lines for each letter.  The penned pages, hundred of them, communicated an expression of his deep love and commitment to my mom.

Sixty one years later, these timeless treasures revealed my mom’s ability to receive, cherish and preserve such a love.  The words written became action in their marriage, an example of their lives intertwined together.

With the passage of time, these words became action as my parents completed each other with affection and support.  Action in my parents choice to honor and respect each other, both in their weaknesses and their strengths.  Action in my parents vulnerable and authentic position of serving each other, their family and friends.

As I begin the silent process of grieving my mom’s death, I find joy in the celebration of her life, as she lived with integrity, respect and devotion.

These letters represent not only a tangible, beautifully preserved legacy but a far-greater legacy of the eternal home they mirrored in their daily lives upon this earth.  Blessings.

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About Bound in Grace

a native texan, with a career in art and communication. enjoy writing and painting in primary medium acrylic on canvas. focus on life issues and depicting life with grace and hope.
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6 Responses to collection of letters written in love

  1. Lynn Simons says:

    WOW such beautiful words something that everyone dreams of when they leave this earth…You are talented and gifted as a writer and communicator. I feel such joy having known your adorable mom and amazing dad. Thank you Lord for their lives and legacy!

  2. Sue says:

    Melinda,
    I am so sorry for your loss…but I must say, how beautiful to know you were born from this special love your parents shared. You are a very special person to so many and we are here for you. Know that you are so loved!
    xo
    S.

  3. Kellee Thigpen says:

    Beautifully written…what a precious gift you found and a wonderful expression of the love of two people. You are also a gift from their love and you continue to share this gift in your artistic expressions of words and on the painted canvas. Thank you for blessing all of us and carrying on this wonderful gift of love.

  4. Luke says:

    I will never forget the night before she passed. As I walked into the house around 2am I saw Mimi awake and it was obvious she was in pain. I was able to hold her hand, rub her head, and softly calm her down. I knew the end of her physical life was not far away, on the other hand she was about to step into heaven. A place where oxygen tanks, pulmonary disease, and hospital visits existed no more. Virgina Lester was about to join the most extravagant party she had ever been to, hosted by Christ himself. I’d like to think Grandad was waiting; tux on, corsage in hand, grinning from ear to ear. As her family and friends experience her loss, heaven experienced her homecoming. As I told you Mom, “As much as she loved us, I can promise you she hasn’t asked to come back”. Why? Because Heaven is greater than anything you or I could fathom. The love letters you found in her closet represent the immense love that surrounded their relationship, but the love letters they left in our hearts represent a love that could not be defined on paper. A love that is unconditional, unbiased, and forever.

  5. David says:

    I’ve seen some of those letters with my own eyes and each letter spoke of the love and admiration your father had for your mom – she lived a dream as he adored her with poetry and prose…hidden away for 60 years in a lonely box in a dark place…revealed to a very special person left behind in a miraculous way…

  6. Paul Forgay says:

    Letters

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