Melody hesitated outside the door of the room she had called her own. Her father had sent her up here, and at eighteen, this could mean but one thing. She pushed open the white panelled door to reveal the pale mauve walls of her childhood room. The colonial furniture sat perfectly arranged, stuffed animals on shelves, posters on the walls; all vestiges of her youth.
Melody looked to her bed. She knew it would be there. A small package lay neatly wrapped in the centre of her quilt, an envelope on its top. This had occurred many times in the last six years; notes, packages, poems, photos. They had all been left on one occasion or another or, sometimes, for no reason at all. She fingered the envelope lightly, tracing over the familiar writing. “Melly,” it read, “open the box first.”
Obediently, she opened the perfectly wrapped package. Inside she found a beautiful pearl necklace; Mama’s necklace. She remembered it well. Her fingers gently caressed the strand in memory, as a slight smile played across her lips. Her focus then shifted to the envelope, and with a deep breath she steadied her hand and opened the flap.
The slightly yellowed pages unfolded crisply.
Today is the day my sweet darling will begin to spread her wings. It seems like only a short while ago you were the little girl with scrapped knees, conquering the playground equipment, or trudging through White’s bush. You have always thirsted for adventure and today a new one begins.
You are off to school to begin training for your future. Please know that I would always have been proud of you as you accomplish YOUR best. Whatever your chosen vocation, I hope you enter it with great joy and enthusiasm. In all that you do, my sweet one, do it, “as unto the Lord.” (Colossians 3:23) Remember to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, (Mark 12:30) then you will never have any regrets.
You will face many new challenges, temptations, trials, and worries. Don’t keep your focus on all of the clamour around you; raise your eyes to the horizon, and focus on the Son.
“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Ps 121:1
If there was one truth I could urge you to cling to, it is that the Lord never fails. He “is not slack concerning His promises”. (2 Peter 3:9) He “will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5) He will strengthen you, help you, and uphold you, with the right hand of His righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)
I remember when I went off to college. The world was my oyster. You’ll find, as I did, there is so much life to experience and enjoy. Take these next few years to test yourself, to find your limits, and to seek God’s ultimate plan for your life.
Give yourself to no man but your husband. Choose your friends wisely. Call your father at least once a week. And get involved in a good God-fearing church your first week away.
You will forever be my sweet Melly. I love you and wish my arms could be wrapped tightly around you even as you read this. May God surround you with His love and care as you take flight.
Forever Yours in Love,
Melody turned to see her father leaning against the door jamb. She moved quickly to his arms, and hugged him fiercely.
“I still miss her so much.” She sobbed into her father’s shoulder.
“I know honey. I miss her too, but she would have been so proud of you.”
Melody’s new letter was added to her collection in the beautifully carved wooden box. The pearls were packed carefully in one of her suitcases. Then, after one final look around the room, Melody left home.
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