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Date: 08.23.17
Beethoven’s and God’s Love Letters

In his book When I’m Longing for God, Dan Stuecher tells a touching story about the great composer Beethoven. The music man never married but was in love with a woman scholars have spent years trying to identify, a woman Beethoven called his “Immortal Beloved.”

When he was forty-two years old, Beethoven penned a letter of affection to her. “Oh, why must one be separated from her who is so dear?” he wrote. “However much you love me—my love for you is even greater.” After his death, the letter was found in a bureau belonging to Beethoven, undated and unaddressed.

Some people have wondered if the woman ever knew how valuable she was to Beethoven because of this secret, undelivered note. Can you imagine being the recipient of such a love letter and never reading it?

A few times over the years, I have heard someone say God doesn’t speak to them through Scripture. One man told me, “I just don’t hear His voice through the Bible. I hear from Him in other ways, like through signs.”

When I hear something like this, I want to sit down and cry because the person is totally missing out on such beauty, joy, love and hope! The Word is His voice! It’s His love letter to us—the greatest love letter ever written. Tragically,  Life itself is sometimes forgotten in a drawer. True love denied. Wisdom ignored. I do wonder where some people have gotten the idea God isn’t really speaking unless He speaks “supernaturally,” for example through a miracle, a vision, or a dream.

Early in my Christian walk, I had a hard time believing the Lord was with me unless I felt as if He was. I thought I had to sense His presence to know I heard him. When I sat to read the Bible, I was often bored. I even went through a time of feeling like there was nothing exciting in it. Now I look back and think, Whoa! You were so wrong. Scripture is a never-ending well of refreshment and truth.

God speaks through His Word and through it He invites us to find Him. And in the finding, we may not always experience emotional fireworks, but our minds will be quietly and gradually transformed from glory to glory, which means we’ll have more wisdom to live life well.

God speaks lots of ways, but the primary way He speaks is through His Word. It’s powerful! It’s life-changing. It’s refreshing for a thirsty soul.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” so that we can be equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

 

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17 thoughts on “Beethoven’s and God’s Love Letters

  1. Amen! The more I immerse myself into reading the Bible the thirstier I become to read more. The opposite is true unfortunately too.

  2. Thank you Shana for reminding us of Our Father’s sweet love letter to all his children, His mighty and precious word. I can really relate to your article because I once found it hard to study God’s word. Now I realize that I was cheating myself out of having the most amazing relationship EVER with My ABBA FATHER and I was missing out on learning His plans for my life!!

    Your article is such a beautiful reminder that if we don’t really take the time to read His Word, we will never experience this totally amazing unconditional love that supersedes all human understanding.

    THE LORD HAS APPEARED OF OLD TO ME, SAYING: “YES I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE;
    THEREFORE WITH LOVINGKINDNESS I HAVE DRAWN YOU. JEREMIAH 31:3

    Definitely one of my favorite verses!!

    GOD BLESS Shana,
    FREDESSA

  3. Great Word. To add another avenue to the love letter theme. When we understand how miraculous it is that the bible has been preserved with accuracy and amount of manuscript evidence. The lengths that our forefathers in the faith (and God) went to get it to us. We should treasure it for what it is. A love letter from our maker, Who wants to show us His love for us.

  4. Blessings Shanna as you travel for your event. Listening to my inner umpire. I have much to work on there. I tend to make hurried decisions and doing what may be good instead of waiting for what is best. Good isn’t sin, but best is better. I hope that makes sense.

    1. Hi, Brenda.

      I think that all of us can relate to rushing when we shouldn’t. I have definitely been there! I am so grateful that God is like a patient, compassionate parent who is always teaching us and loving us through the things that we don’t know but need to learn.

      Thanks for the well wishes for the event. It went really well, and I left feeling very grateful and thankful.

      Blessings to you!
      Shana

  5. Ran across this and made my day:

    All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. — Proverbs 15:15 (NIV)

  6. When I clicked the link for the inner umpire it brought me here to the day before devotional. There is a fine line between doing your own thing separately from God and doing what you know to do with a willing jeart to yield. Paul was doing what he knew to do. He was ready to go to Macedonia. It was his next stop. But God had other plans for him. And.showed him in a dream where He wanted Paul to go. He listened to the inner umpire.

    1. Hey, Craig.

      Interesting comparison with Paul’s experience. I never thought of that passage, but love it. Thanks for reading. I have had a couple technical challenges with the technology for the links. I am working to get that straightened out in the future.

      Blessings!
      Shana

  7. Hi Shana!
    In the beginning was the Word …. and the Word became flesh!! The Living Word is just that – full of transformative life, redemption, wisdom and joy!

    Ron

  8. Shana,
    Your blog is such a blessing to me! I always look forward to reading it. I sometimes find it is easy to “read about” the Bible just to get the story, but the real communion with God comes when reading and meditating in His Word. Thank you so much for sharing your Christian wisdom with the world.

  9. The only “negative” for us today is that most Christians don’t read Scripture in the original languages and understand what they read in the context and setting of the customs, manners, social and Geo-political settings and activities of those days. What a sadness! A lot of this IS known but, unfortunately, not taught in our congregations and Christian educational systems – even at the university level!

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  • Amen! The more I immerse myself into reading the Bible the thirstier I become to read more. The opposite is true unfortunately too.

  • Thank you Shana for reminding us of Our Father’s sweet love letter to all his children, His mighty and precious word. I can really relate to your article because I once found it hard to study God’s word. Now I realize that I was cheating myself out of having the most amazing relationship EVER with My ABBA FATHER and I was missing out on learning His plans for my life!!

    Your article is such a beautiful reminder that if we don’t really take the time to read His Word, we will never experience this totally amazing unconditional love that supersedes all human understanding.

    THE LORD HAS APPEARED OF OLD TO ME, SAYING: “YES I HAVE LOVED YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE;
    THEREFORE WITH LOVINGKINDNESS I HAVE DRAWN YOU. JEREMIAH 31:3

    Definitely one of my favorite verses!!

    GOD BLESS Shana,
    FREDESSA

  • Great Word. To add another avenue to the love letter theme. When we understand how miraculous it is that the bible has been preserved with accuracy and amount of manuscript evidence. The lengths that our forefathers in the faith (and God) went to get it to us. We should treasure it for what it is. A love letter from our maker, Who wants to show us His love for us.

  • Blessings Shanna as you travel for your event. Listening to my inner umpire. I have much to work on there. I tend to make hurried decisions and doing what may be good instead of waiting for what is best. Good isn’t sin, but best is better. I hope that makes sense.

    • Hi, Brenda.

      I think that all of us can relate to rushing when we shouldn’t. I have definitely been there! I am so grateful that God is like a patient, compassionate parent who is always teaching us and loving us through the things that we don’t know but need to learn.

      Thanks for the well wishes for the event. It went really well, and I left feeling very grateful and thankful.

      Blessings to you!
      Shana

  • Ran across this and made my day:

    All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. — Proverbs 15:15 (NIV)

  • When I clicked the link for the inner umpire it brought me here to the day before devotional. There is a fine line between doing your own thing separately from God and doing what you know to do with a willing jeart to yield. Paul was doing what he knew to do. He was ready to go to Macedonia. It was his next stop. But God had other plans for him. And.showed him in a dream where He wanted Paul to go. He listened to the inner umpire.

    • Hey, Craig.

      Interesting comparison with Paul’s experience. I never thought of that passage, but love it. Thanks for reading. I have had a couple technical challenges with the technology for the links. I am working to get that straightened out in the future.

      Blessings!
      Shana

  • Hi Shana!
    In the beginning was the Word …. and the Word became flesh!! The Living Word is just that – full of transformative life, redemption, wisdom and joy!

    Ron

  • Shana,
    Your blog is such a blessing to me! I always look forward to reading it. I sometimes find it is easy to “read about” the Bible just to get the story, but the real communion with God comes when reading and meditating in His Word. Thank you so much for sharing your Christian wisdom with the world.

  • The only “negative” for us today is that most Christians don’t read Scripture in the original languages and understand what they read in the context and setting of the customs, manners, social and Geo-political settings and activities of those days. What a sadness! A lot of this IS known but, unfortunately, not taught in our congregations and Christian educational systems – even at the university level!

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