Following the burial of her late husband Craig Strickland on Tuesday, Helen Strickland is sharing the letter she slipped into his jacket pocket before saying goodbye.
“I love you with all my heart,” she wrote. “I will miss doing life with you on this earth. You were my person and are the love of my earthly life. Thank you for sharing the last few years you had with me. I know you are in better hands than mine. The Lord is taking care of you, and loves you more than I could ever imagine. I can’t wait to see you again in heaven. I love you … I can’t say that enough. I will see you soon.”
Helen posted a photo of the letter on Instagram, along with the caption, “Today I buried my husband. This is a picture of the letter I put in his jacket pocket. I love him with every part of my heart, but I love our God more … and I know my God loves Craig and I more than we could ever imagine. Therefore, God has a purpose. He makes everything beautiful in its time.”
She continued, “Craig established relationships with each of us so that he could see us again. So let us love one another like Craig did. Let us pray for strangers. And let us establish relationships with one another with the goal of establishing Christ-like relationships so that we can see each other again in heaven.”
The night before her husband’s funeral, Helen also reached out to her social media followers for strength.
“Dear friends, please pray that I may have strength tomorrow as I walk through the most difficult experience I’ve ever gone through in my life,” Helen posted to Instagram on Monday.
“I am so thankful for every moment I had with Craig and I am thankful the Lord is taking care of him now. More than ever our family will need your prayers. I’m so thankful for every person that has poured out their love to us.”
Morland had tweeted an ominous message foreshadowing the tragic turn of events, which Strickland then retweeted.
“In case we don’t come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm,” Morland wrote in the early morning hours on Dec. 27.
Helen is encouraging everyone to join her in celebrating Craig’s memory – digitally if not in person. “If you are unable to physically attend, I hope that you will join our family via webcast at crosschurch.com/watchlive,” she wrote. “I love you all as Craig did. Goodnight.”