Love Never Ends

on January 28, 2021

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV

Every morning my mother, Claire Ray, faithfully drew close to the Lord. She often sat in her favorite wingback chair before breakfast to prepare her heart for prayer. Her routine began with one of her devotional books, then finished with a chapter or two from her Bible. Claire went through several Bibles in her ninety-four years. She always penned the date on the cover page after she finished reading through her Bible. Her total was forty-eight times.

Mother loved and trusted Jesus more than anything. On her hospital bed last November, before she took her last couple of breaths, my sister overheard her whisper, “Jesus, what is taking you so long? I’m so ready for you to come and get me.” Mother’s words told me she anticipated going to a place where everything that is best remains. What a tremendous relief to know she looked forward to embracing the loving arms of her Lord and Savior. His divine love surrounded her as she prepared for her heavenly departure.

Later, a friend sent me a condolence card. In the card was an outline for a “Letter to Heaven.” I used it to write a letter to my mother and another to my deceased husband. As I filled in the blanks, I caught sight of heavenly hope.

Since Valentine’s Day is in February, I share this outline for those who may wish to send a love letter to Heaven to a special someone who resides in a place where everything lasts forever.

Today’s Date________________


(Put a name here) ___________________

You were so special to me/us because:



I miss your:



Remember when we:



I wish I had told you:



I celebrate the memory of you in your absence by:

Heaven is a place where love fills every heart. Scriptures tell us to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. As I think of the wonders of Heaven, a love letter from God the Father and Creator of the universe, today would read something like this:

On Earth, my dear child, as it is in Heaven, you can love because I first loved you.
–Your Heavenly Father, God

As I sit and ponder on my friends and family’s memories that are no longer with me, I find strength in scripture. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never ends.

Join in the conversation:
God has given us a spirit of love. How do you see His love for you?

24 thoughts on “Love Never Ends”

  1. Bona Hayes says:

    Linda, this comes as always at the perfect time for me and for me to send to others who grieve or miss loved ones.
    Thank you and love,

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Bona, I walk with you in your loss. Love & encouragement from others is a blessing right now. Thank you for reaching out.

  2. Jean Hall says:

    Saying goodbye takes a very long time, doesn’t it?

    Thanks for sharing your heart with us, Linda.


    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Everyone travels differently in the journey of loss, Jean. There is no right or wrong way.

  3. Marlene Houk says:

    Writing a letter is such a beautiful idea. I think I’ll write a letter to my baby. Thank you for walking with us through life!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for your comment, Marlene. I can’t imagine losing a baby. May God keep you.

  4. Nancy says:

    14 years and I still have a hard time. It gets easier sometimes and some days I just want go be with him!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I understand, Nancy. Loss takes time.

  5. This letter is written on my heart. So special. I ask Jesus to deliver it for me– our intercessor in so many ways.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thanks for stopping in, Carole. Thank goodness we have an intercessor to help us heal our hearts.

  6. Thank you for this post, Linda! In all the chaos and the to-do lists, it is soo good to remember we are travelers, just passin’ through, and there is a permanent home all prepared – tax and dust free, perfectly appointed for us!! Thank you, Jesus!! 🙂

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Hi Amre, Thanks for commenting. You always say the right things and carry much wisdom.

  7. Sally Select... Cressman says:

    What sweet peace to know you mother is in heaven, and you will see her again one day.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Thank you, Sally. Peace is the key when it comes to trying times. You have had your share of unimaginable loss too. Thank you for reaching out.

  8. Paul Ensor Ledbetter says:

    My grief for the loss of my best friend Joe this month was an overburden as I couldn’t get him to focus on Jesus…he told me he was going to Hell…I told him it’s never too late to change that. His family didn’t want me to come to his hospital bedside as I had tested positive for the Covid-19 but had very mild symptoms and was over it in a few days-I so wanted to talk to him face to face on that subject…I miss my dad…my true best friend but I don’t grieve for him as I KNOW where he will be…and I can’t wait to see him again all healthy and happy…it’s the “lost” that bothers me…I prayed that Joe’s heart would be changed toward the Lord…it was up to them…I hope that happened.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Paul, I know how close you were to Joe. Losing a best friend and a parent is devastating. I’m still lifting you in prayer. Praise God you have a heart for the lost. Grace is for everyone and God is using you to shine His light.

  9. Eglaide says:

    2 Corinthians 1 :: NIV. Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      A great scripture about how the Lord Jesus Christ comforts us in our suffering. Thank you, Eglaide.

  10. Doris feiner says:

    What a great letter
    And your letter to heaven is priceless!
    Miss you Linda
    Stuart & I moved back to Texas last year to be near our children & grandchildren
    Enjoying their love & hugs

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      I miss you too, Doris. Grandchildren give the best hugs. God’s blessings cover you, Stuart, and your family. I’m glad you enjoyed the “Letter to Heaven.”

  11. Alda Harris says:

    I am sending the template to a friend who will celebrate her anniversary without her sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. She was separated from him by COVID and could not hold his hand and tell him all she wanted him to know before he went to his Heavenly home. I know this will help her. Thank you for publishing it. God is truly good…all the time

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      Many are suffering from loss these days from COVID. I hope the Letter to Heaven comforts her. Thank you for passing it on.

  12. Diane S. Clark says:

    Grieving is a difficult part of life and not only comes with the death of a loved one. Grief can come with the loss of a job, loss of financial security, or loss of our health–even COVID. You, Linda, have helped me through my grief of my health through a car accident nearly 3 years ago and I am still in PT working to walk without aids. How grateful I am for your friendship and for your use of this forum to reach others. May God bless you especially today!

    1. Linda Ray Center says:

      You are spot on, Diane. Besides Jesus, you were there for me during the grief process. I’m almost there, but our friendship will go on. I can’t thank you enough.

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