LOVE LETTERS

Actual love letters may not be used much today, but when I was in a serious dating relationship with Janet (now my wife of nearly 44 years) we wrote love letters to each other one summer. We wrote these letters because we were serving as summer missionaries approximately 1300 miles apart. Yeah, I guess I’m a little of a romantic, because I still have a bundle of the letters she wrote me!

I was located in Sarasota, Florida, and every day I’d go to the mailbox of the church where I was serving with the expectation of a letter from Janet. When I got the mail, I quickly sorted through everything to hopefully find a letter from Janet and loved the fact that I got one almost every day.

I didn’t even wait to get back to my small apartment to read her letter; I opened it right there at the mailbox and began reading on my way back down the long drive to my apartment. Once I got in the apartment, I read it again and usually read it at least one more time that night. I ACTIVELY LISTENED to what she said because I wanted to get and understand everything she wrote. I knew she loved me (even though our love was/is imperfect) and she had something of great value to share with me!

This weekend if you attend an Easter service at a church, you’ll hear from someone who is going to share a portion of God’s Love Letter with you, so I hope you’ll engage in ACTIVE LISTENING! In fact, if you got a handwritten letter addressed to you from God, or a text or email that came directly from God, I hope you’d give that communication your utmost attention.

If you attend an Easter service at a local church or connect with a church online, your best choice is to ACTIVELY LISTEN to what God has to say to you! He loves you and His love letter (found in what’s preserved in Scripture for us) is the greatest love letter of all time. If you’ll ACTIVELY LISTEN you’ll discover something about the One who loves you most – the One who loves you with a perfect and unconditional love – Jesus!

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Lead Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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