Friday, November 03, 2006

Handwritten Letters

In this modern age of computers, emails, blogs, ipods, etc., I believe we have lost something very special in the old-fashioned handwritten note or letter. There is nothing quite so special as walking out to the mailbox, opening it up to see an envelope with familiar handwriting on it addressed to you. The anticipation builds as you walk from the mailbox to your favorite chair to find out what news the envelope holds inside. Sometimes you can't wait until you get inside---you rip the envelope right where you are and you read as you walk back inside. The news inside can be an update of family members, a note of encouragement from a friend, an invitation or an announcement of a gathering where your presence is wanted, or just a card that says I miss you and am thinking of you. It warms your heart that you were thought of in such a way that someone else took the time to sit and write down their thoughts to you.

Is there someone in your life that would be thrilled to get a handwritten note from you---maybe a grandparent in a nursing home, a friend going to school far away from home, a husband or a brother or sister fighting for his/her country in a foreign land, a granchild that would laugh at a card you chose all for him or her, a long-lost cousin that would love to know that you're still a part of the family and thinking of them, a pastor that would be encouraged by a thank you for all that they do for the church, a missionary working faraway that would be thrilled to hear that someone is recognizing them for their sacrifices? Your thoughts may have turned to someone just recently that you haven't thought of for ages---wouldn't they love to hear that you're doing well and were remembering the times you once had together as friends? Renew the art of handwriting your thoughts in a letter or a note. It just seems so much more personal and intimate. However, as I say that, I thank God so much for email, etc. that keeps us in touch in this fast-paced world we live in today. We may lose the specialness of handwriting, but I trust that we will never lose the art of keeping in touch with each other regardless of the method!!!

Proverbs 25:25: "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."

Proverbs 25:11: "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."

Don't lose the art of that personal touch that means so much!


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