It’s an age old theme, a common theme. The letter is lost in the mail, never to be received by its intended recipient. Because the loved one doesn’t get the letter, the relationship is, like the letter that bore its declaration, lost forever, never to be realized. Sounds like a hallmark movie plot, doesn’t it? Except then the letter would be found in time to rescue the relationship and restore it, resulting in a happy ending for all concerned. (after all, the “hallmark” of a Hallmark movie IS the happy ending that we all count on, now isn’t it?) In the movie, “The Notebook”, she doesn’t initially receive his letters, written faithfully over a year’s time, which means she doesn’t know he still cares and their relationship ends at that time. Fate eventually brings them together again and the letters are revealed and restored to their intended recipient, with a happy ending being the eventual happy result.
But what about real life? How many lost letters and lost loves are living lonely out there every day right now? Of course now maybe we have to include lost emails or lost texts as well in that question. Does anyone actually write real letters anymore? Or is the proverbial love letter a thing of the past?
Well, there’s one love letter from the past that has endured into the present without getting lost, without losing its’ power and without losing its’ relevance. This love letter is still finding its’ way into the hands and hearts of its’ intended recipients and changing their lives forever. This love letter took some forty authors about 1,500 years to write, resulting in sixty-six books telling the story of an ever lasting love which plays out over time and space, as the lover pursues His beloved over time, from generation to generation, to the very ends of the earth. The drama of this loving pursuit is still being played out today as this greatest love letter of all time continues to be delivered to and read by its’ intended recipients.
How wonderful it is that this love letter has never been lost nor misplaced but continues to withstand the test of time. In fact, we are assured that “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Is. 40:8) Yes, the Bible is God’s love letter to each and everyone of us. It is His love letter to me. It isn’t lost, I don’t have to wonder if He loves me. I can read His letter to me for myself. In it I read, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jer. 31:3) I read, “See, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands;” (Is. 49:16) I read, “the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6) “He (the Lord your God) will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zeph. 3:17)
In this love letter I read the implausible story of a God who loves His people, created in His image, and so He pursues them across time and space. He provides perfection in a garden, is rejected, saves through a flood, makes a promise, is rejected, He frees from slavery, provides in the desert, brings them into their promised land, is rejected again, delivers them from the captivity of their enemies (again) and the cycle of rejection and deliverance continues even today. God pursues me still to this day. He has not given up on me. I read in His love letter to me, “for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23)
His love letter continues, the story unfolds with unbelievable twists and turns. A baby is born, they try to kill Him. He escapes to a foreign land. Then, miracle of miracles, the baby in the manger grows up to become the Christ on the cross. I read, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” And Jesus does just that, He dies in my place to make me right with God, showing me how much God loves me. It’s more than words, it’s the ultimate act of love.
This love letter has power, power to change life, power to give life. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12) God’s finger filled the stone tablets with His words while His Spirit filled the authors who penned the parchment pages full of His words for all who would read and receive the gift He offered. The gift of His Son, the gift of His love, the gift of eternal life with Him.
This is one love letter that didn’t get lost. This is a love letter for all people, for all time. This is a love letter about the greatest love story of all time. This is a love letter that is here to stay. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33)
When I am lost, when I am lonely, when I long to know lasting love; I read and re-read and read again my love letter from my Creator and am assured that He is indeed singing over me with joy and compassion and His ever-lasting love.
sincerely, Grace Day