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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rolf Christoffersen, a sailor in the Norwegian Navy

The Love Letter

 

Earlier this year Melissa Fahy and her father were renovating her New Jersey home when they found a letter in the gap under the stairs.  The letter was postmarked May 1945, apparently written by a previous owner of the home.

 

It was a love letter from a woman named Virginia to her husband, Rolf Christoffersen, a sailor in the Norwegian Navy at the time.  Virginia wrote: “I love you, Rolf, as I love the warm sun.  That is what you are to my life, the sun about which everything else revolves for me.”  Somehow Virginia’s letter got lost beneath the stairs.

 

But Melissa Fahy was determined to get that letter to its rightful owner — if it was possible – even if it was 72 years later.  She turned to Facebook for help, and within hours Facebook users had located the couple’s son.  Rolf Christoffersen is now 96 years old and living in California.  Rolf’s son read the letter to his father.  Virginia Christoffersen had died six years earlier, but the letter was a reminder that her love had not. *

 

If you search around your home, you’ll probably find at least one copy of a love letter.  It’s a love letter from God; it is His Word.  It is much more than a love letter, but the fundamental message is one of love – that God loves you and wants to save you.

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

 

This love letter proclaims the great love of God for us even though we aren’t that lovable.  Our sins separate us from God and destine us for destruction (Isaiah 59:1-2; Matthew 7:13-14).

 

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).  Because of His great love for us, Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we can be saved from sin and receive the gift of eternal life.

 

“This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. {10} This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10 NIV).

 

God will save and give eternal life to those who place their faith and trust in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance (Acts 17:30-31), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and are baptized (immersed) into Christ for the forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).  The blood that Jesus shed on the cross for our sins will continue to cleanse those who continue to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).

 

The Bible: it’s a love letter from God.  Won’t YOU read it, embrace it, and cherish it?  Won’t YOU accept and reciprocate the offer of love from the heavenly Father who gave His Son to die for you?

 

The core message of the Bible is the salvation of man through Christ to the glory of God.  Once you understand and embrace that message through your trusting obedience, Jesus will be the “Son” around which everything else revolves in your life.

 

-- David A. Sargent

 

* Sources: Associated Press, “Love Letter Reaches WWII Vet 72 Years Later,” klove.com (5/12/2017) and Bill Ray’s Illustrations for Sermons (www.illustrationsforsermons.com).

 

David A. Sargent

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