revival we need (May
65 years ago (March 18, 2001).
1908 Valentine's story (February 11, 2001)
must tell them (August 11, 1997)
= bigot? (January 21, 1990)
Him where you can (August 28, 1983)
Christians (June 7, 1970)
code to live by (July 12, 1964)
story of two sons (January 17, 1948)
talks with the office editor (January 1, 1916)
When A.B. Cox, an early
minister with the Assemblies of God, attended an Oklahoma Bible
school in 1908, he was certain that God had spoken to him about
asking fellow student Dora Lee Quick to marry him. But male and
female students were not allowed to communicate. So he wrote a
letter to Dora, expressing his feelings. Seven days later they
were married and entered the ministry.
Here are excerpts from
their correspondence at this Valentines season.
The time has come that
I am compelled to write you a few lines.
I promised my Lord
to walk in what light He has given me. I would much rather ask
you face to face what I have to ask, but of course you understand
that we have no chance to talk around here. So, I have to do the
I am coming out plain
and ask if you have had any leadings of going out in the work
and if our blessed Lord has spoken to you as you and me working
. I prayed to Him if it was His will for us to
be companions in this life to show you and make you see it. I
want to be sure that it is the Lords will first. Please
let me know if you have been led this way by the Lord. And if
you havent, I will have to get down and fight this feeling.
Dear Brother Cox:
Glory to God for answering
prayer. I have been feeling this way ever since before I came
back to Beulah and I told the Lord, bless His name, if it was
Him that He would make it known to you. Glory to God. He has been
talking to me about the work
and He would talk to me about
you and I going together
. Well, glory, isnt it wonderful
what the Lord can do if we will just let Him have His way? Oh,
how much I would like to have a long talk with you. I just pray
that the Lord will give us a chance very soon. Glory to God. Goodbye.
students may not want to return to the courting style shown in
these 1908 letters; however, if they could, no doubt the Coxes
would advise young people thinking about marriage: "Let God
have His way."
Flower Pentecostal Heritage
This article originally
appeared in the February 11, 2001, Pentecostal Evangel.