by Macy Johnson
“Being confident of this, that he who
began a good work in you
will carry it on to completion until
the day of Christ.”
(Philippians 1:6 NIV)
My new transcription
project has been simmering for the better part of this past century. I recently
brought it to life and turned up the heat.
father’s death in 2003 I was gifted the letters he had written to his family over
a span of fifty years. My daughter, Libby, and I labored one weekend to put hundreds
of documents in chronological order in large, oversized notebooks.
project is to key the documents into a computer file as written. After the
original file is saved for posterity, I will copy it and fill in the time spans
with truth and fiction, creating a memoir.
letter is dated May 22, 1936, when Daddy was fourteen years old. He told his
mother and father, who were on vacation, that he had fun fishing with his
friends. I never saw Daddy hold a fishing pole. In fact, he rarely ate fish,
although raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast!
I knew my
father served in World War II as a paratrooper behind enemy lines. He rarely spoke
about it, but colorful details are hidden in his letters. When we put the
notebooks together, Libby and I discovered words deftly cut out of the pages as
a military security measure.
heavenly Father has called me to exhibit my earthly father’s faith so others
will be encouraged in theirs. I am excited to raise Daddy’s strong faith in God
to life in his letters and trust God to bring this amazing project, this labor
of love, to fruition.
I will follow Jesus on this and all paths He lays out for me. I hope you will, too!