A few weeks ago when we were going through my grandfather’s dresser to move my grandmother into an assisted living facility, we came across a box of letters that he wrote to his parents and siblings while serving on Iwo Jima during World War II. He was away from home for almost 3 three years so there were tons of war letters, but his time on Iwo Jima was his most dangerous and contained the best stories. He recounted watching the landing crafts take the beach, both of the flag raisings on Mt. Suribachi, when the B-29’s landed and took off, and countless photos and other stories.
One of the most heartfelt messages came after he was on the island but while there was still fighting. He must have had a close call or something because his tone was different than most of the other letters. He mailed home his paycheck so that his family could have a little extra money and told them he hoped it help. But he also said, “make sure you give some to the church. I’m sure they are struggling right now too.” I was blown away that even in one of the worst seasons of his life he was expressing concern and care for others and for his church!
That was an inspiration for me as I reflect on my own stewardship, how I express care for others, and how I care for the church.
I know many of you have told me that you appreciate my “Pop” stories so I hope that this one is an inspiration for you as well.
Published on Thursday, October 31, 2019 @ 3:59 PM EDT