ronniemcbrayer300 maroonKENTUCKY (2/9/14) – With Valentine's Day upon us, you might be looking for a story of true love, a love that lasts longer than a couples first argument; or at least lasts beyond the few weeks of a much-hyped reality show about bachelors and bachelorettes.

Well, I've got a good one for you.

Frederick and Elizabeth Noble got married on New Year's Day, 1941.

It was a quick ceremony, as Frederick was on a 48-hour leave from his British Tank Regiment. It was World War II, of course, and Fredericks absence would be a hallmark of the couple's first few years together. He was always away from home and his life was always at risk.

Between military assignments all over Europe and Asia, Frederick took time to write love letters and send telegrams back to Elizabeth; hundreds of them. He wrote about life on the front; the war; the men with which he served; the weather. But mostly he wrote about home and how much he missed his new bride.

One of Fredericks letters reads, on the occasion of a leave that was retracted, "I'm very sorry my beloved, I can't get home. That's all I live for, home and you."

Finally, Frederick did make it home. For good. And rarely did he leave Elizabeth's side again. The two settled in the English countryside and raised a large, beautiful family.

After both died, their children and grandchildren began going through their things, as the survivors must do. They opened a tea chest that contained, apparently, almost every love letter Frederick and Elizabeth had ever exchanged. There were hundreds of them. Many were from the war years, but some were exchanged very late in life, while the couple was in their 90s. It is an extraordinary collection of love notes spanning more than seven decades.

Yet, the collection, in and of itself, is just that: A collection. An assemblage of words.

What gives the collection power, is what gives all such things their power: The love that brought them into being.

For each word was driven by devotion.

Every sentence was carefully constructed with affection.

Each paragraph served as a confession of a love stronger than death, a love that would not allow this husband and wife to live one day away from the other.

Indeed, Frederick and Elizabeth both died in December, 2011 just days apart.

Love had truly made the two, one.

Have you ever received such a love letter? Do you have a collection of such words, words motivated by adoration, words from your beloved?

Actually, you do, and it's not the wide-ruled paper notes from elementary school, now stuffed into a shoebox with the crayoned question, Do you love me? Check Yes or No?
His collection is far more substantial and far more lasting than that.

It is that best-selling book of all time; that leather-bound volume shoved into the nightstand drawer or sitting ragged and dog-eared on the kitchen table. Or if you prefer, it is downloaded as an app on your mobile device.

It is the Bible.

And yes, it is a love letter written to you.

A love letter? you might ask.

I thought the Bible was a book of religious laws, a book full of condemnation, genocide, hard to pronounce surnames, and the occasional children's story. Isn't it just a bunch of words?

Might you look deeper and read closer, for the Bible is a powerful thing, enlivened by Gods Spirit and constructed by divine affection.

It is Cupids arrow pointing us to the love of God in Christ. For God so loved the world, the familiar text says, that he gave his only begotten Son.

That is a summary of the whole, forever shattering the concept that the Bible is just a collection of printed pages; just mere words; or just another old, leather-bound book.

No, it is a love story. It is a love letter. It is a doorway to experience Christ, the Christ who genuinely loves us more than mere words the Christ who just couldn't live without us.

Ronnie McBrayer is a syndicated columnist, pastor, and author. His newest book is The Gospel According to Waffle House. You can read more at www.ronniemcbrayer.me.

Disclaimer: The content supplied by columnists and letters to the Editor on this site does not in any way, shape or form, implied or otherwise, necessarily express or suggest endorsement or support of any of such content, statement, or opinions therein. SurfKY News does not necessarily adhere to or endorse content provided by outside non-staff sources.
e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

KY FAME Expands to Greater Owensboro

FRANKFORT, Ky. (5/26/15) — Kentucky's nationally recognized workforce training program is coming to western Kentucky.… Read More

Highland Students Learn Legislative Process

DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (5/26/15) — Fifth-grade students at Highland Elementary School hosted a visit by Suzanne Miles, 7th… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 7456

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 7123

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 3584

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson
May 21, 2015 3350

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 3278

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10761

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7562

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 25, 2015 3278

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 2184

Hopkins Man Injured in Muhlenberg Motorcycle…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1878

UPDATE - MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1780

Large Necklace on Rearview Mirror Lands Driver in…

by SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1738

Mandarin House Gearing Up to Open Soon

by Gary Gates, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 1590

Governor Announces Hopkins County as Kentucky…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1214

Seniors Celebrate with Cook-out, Games, Fellowship

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1192

Damascus Road House Leads Young People to Christ

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 985

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 26, 2015 969

Veterans Honor Veterans

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News