Andrew Carroll has been urging people not to throw away letters written by family members or friends during war times. Carroll, director of the Center for American War Letters, says, “Younger generations are reading these letters, asking questions, and saying, ‘Now I understand what you endured, what you sacrificed.’ ”
When Paul was imprisoned in Rome and knew his life would soon end, he wrote a letter to a young man he considered a “son in the faith,” Timothy. Paul opened his heart to him: “The time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day” (2 Timothy 4:6–8).
When we read the letters in the Bible from heroes of the Christian faith and grasp what they endured because of their love for Christ, we gain courage to follow their example and to stand strong for those who come after us.