Love letters to Jesus: ‘I just want everyone to know that Jesus loves them’

Bonnie and Carl Guess pose for a photo at The Cullman Tribune office Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (Maggie Darnell for the Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Bonnie Guess is on a loving, faith-driven mission. She wants to deliver love letters to Jesus.

“My story is that I have real bad health,” said Guess. “Blood pressure drops, they (my doctors) don’t know why, and blood sugar and all that type stuff, but the main reason I’m here is that I’ve been diagnosed with cancer and they’ve told me I’ve got about a year to live.”

Guess’ deep-rooted Christian faith has her reaching out to the Cullman community.

“My thought is to have people write a love letter to Jesus and let him know what they need, want and (ask him to) forgive them for their sins and get right with God. And the day that I pass, I hope I can deliver (the letters) to him in person. That’s my story.”

Guess was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago and recently went to UAB Hospital for a second opinion. Her doctor then confirmed her cancer is growing.

Guess, 70, shared, “It’s either radiation or live 10 months. That’s the only choice I got.”

She and her husband, Carl, ran Heaven Sent Ministries for 10 years, feeding the homeless and leading worship at area nursing homes.  

“We’d just have praise and worship services and let them know who Jesus was,” smiled Guess.

They are members of Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Vinemont.

She shared what inspired her love letter mission, saying, “Just my thoughts, and I believe in my loving God because for a long time me and him (Carl Guess) both didn’t know God. We took advantage of him, you know, like everybody does until you learn and know that he’s the only one, the only one, that’s going to be able to help us through our lives. You gotta look up, don’t look down.”

Guess added, “Have a relationship with God, that’s the main thing. You don’t have to necessarily go to church but have your relationship up there with him. Listen to his small voice, not ours.”

Of her love letter mission, she said, “Have you ever had anything on your heart that you knew you gotta do? I mean really, really need? This is how I feel. If you give your life to Jesus, he’s there for you.”

She continued, “Just think how pleased Jesus would be if you took a bunch of love letters up there to him and you’d say, ‘These are for you, our one and only.’”

And what exactly would someone write in a letter to Jesus?

“Just put the words of your needs, your wants, say you’re sorry for your sins, that you love him, just let him know what an awesome God he is,” said Guess. “Just be honest with him. Tell him the way you feel. The main thing is just to let him know how much you love him and what you ask for and he helps, you know. Just let him know. He knows, but he likes to hear you say it and ask him for help.”

She said lastly with a smile, “That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. We’re too blessed to be depressed.”

How to participate

If you would like to send a letter to Jesus and want Bonnie Guess to carry your message, mail your letter to Bonnie Guess, c/o The Cullman Tribune, 219 2nd Ave. SE, Cullman, AL 35055.

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Maggie Darnell