Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Writing Love Letters

It used to be so natural and easy to put a pen to paper, let the words flow from my heart and through the ink. I filled pages of my journal, jotted down notes to friends in class, labored over lengthy letters to people I loved. All those words. Really, all those feelings and thoughts. For that was what my words were.

One day. Boxes of love letters were suddenly once again mine. Returned. Read, enjoyed, saved. Then returned. My tortured thoughts and deepest feelings. Handed back to me in a shoe box. My heart, in a box.

I saved that box for years. It wasn't about him, but me. The letters, they had been about me. My outlet, the only way to keep everything inside from bursting outside. I couldn't read them again. I had lived the pain and joys once and it didn't seem right to try and live them again. But throw them away? So my heart sat in a box in my closet.

Eventually, in the process of moving so much, I decided to simplify and downsize all the stuff I had been dragging through Missouri with me. Out went the letters. My heart, in a box, now in a dumpster.

I want to write love letters again. I want an overflow of feelings to come out onto paper. I want to love that much. But I am learning that my writing and my love are not about me.

"For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.
 But Zion said, 'The Lord has forsaken me,
    the Lord has forgotten me.'
. . .  I will not forget you!
See, I have written you on the palms of my hands. . . "

I write love.
God writes me. 


Meg Riefer said...

Becky. I don't know if you even know I still read your blog, but I do. This was beautiful and meant so much to me. You writing your story, but it spoke to mine. Thank you for being transparent and achingly honest. God uses you. Love you. <3

Rebekah said...

Thanks, Megan! I always love feedback and especially appreciate hearing that other people can relate to my story in their own lives <3