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Dear Friend

A letter I found left in my pigeon hole a few years ago:

Dear Friend,

How are you?  I just had to send a note to tell you how much I love you and care about you.  I saw you yesterday as you were talking with your friends.  I waited all day hoping you would want to talk with me also.  As evening drew near, I gave you a sunset to close your day and a cool breeze to rest you … and I waited.  You never came.  Oh yes, it hurts me … But I love you because I am your friend.

I saw you fall asleep last night and longed to touch your brow, so I spilled moonlight upon your pillow and face.  Again I waited, wanting to rush down so we could talk.  I have so many gifts for you!  You awakened late and rushed off to work.  My tears were in the rain.

Today you looked so sad – so all alone.  It makes my heart ache because I understand.  My friends set me down and hurt me many times too, but I love you.

Oh, if you would only listen to me, I love you! I try to tell you in the blue sky and in the quiet green grass. I whisper it in the leaves on the trees and breathe in the colours of flowers. I shout it to you in mountain streams and give the birds love songs to sing.  I clothe you with warm sunshine and perfume the air with nature scents.  My love for you is deeper than the ocean and bigger than the biggest want or need in your head.  Oh if you only knew how much I want to walk and talk with you.  We could spend an eternity together in Heaven.

I know how hard it is on this earth, I really know!  I want to help you. I want you to meet my Father.  He wants to help you too.  My Father is that way, you know.

Just call me – ask me – talk with me.  Oh, please don’t forget me.  I have so much to share with you!

Alright, I won’t bother you any further.  You are free to choose me.  It is your decision.

I have chosen you and because of this, I will wait because I love you.

Your Friend,

Jesus.

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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