Forgive me, dear readers, but I left my love letter story unfinished. The letter has been written, the letter has been delivered, the letter has been received; but responses are not all in as of yet. This is because the drama is still being played out each and every day on the battlefield of millions of human hearts simultaneously. A letter such as this reaches out to each one of its’ recipients, receiving a reaction and requiring a response from each one personally. A response that could restore a broken relationship. Isn’t that what a love letter is all about? Revealing undying love. Restoring lost love. The author anxiously awaits the answer of his beloved, to whom he has poured out his heart in written word.
God has revealed Himself to us through the pages of His love letter, the Bible. He awaits our response with infinite patience. “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) What promise is it that He is not slow about keeping? His promise to return for us, that’s what. That’s how His letter ends, letting us know what we have to look forward to. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.” (John 14:3)
Jesus tells us He is coming back to make all things right. We can only imagine what that will be like. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1Cor. 2:9) But He does give us a preview of what we can expect. “Now the dwelling of God is with men, . . . He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Rev. 21:3-4) In His letter, God tells us that we are His bride and He will return to rescue us from sin and death.
“There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever. . . . Behold, I am coming soon!” (Rev. 22:5,7)
My Creator, my Heavenly Father, has declared His love for me and promised to return. He awaits my response. Declarations of love usually do require a response. Love letters are not meant to go unread and unanswered. This living love letter is life to all who read its’ words. “so is My word that goes out from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)
Who could resist responding to such a revelation of love as is revealed throughout the ages and pages of the Bible? God says to us, “I have loved you with an everlasting love;” (Jer. 31:3) That’s more than enough for me. I have received the ultimate love letter of all time. May I not delay in responding wholeheartedly.
sincerely, Grace Day