Monday, April 22, 2013

Writing Letters: Encouragement

Writing letters and sending them through the mail seems to be a dying art.  When was the last time you wrote or received a real, live letter?  For that reason, I want to do a short series about letter writing because it's a way that we all have for God to use us in the lives of others.

I want to begin with writing letters to your friends.  A note can be newsy, of course, relating all kinds of information that we want one of our friends to know.  A note can also be encouraging or affirming.  Is one of your friends struggling with something?  Is another one feeling down?  A letter from you could give her spirits a lift.

Letters are better than emails because they are more personal, more permanent, and tactile.  You can hold a letter in your hand and read it over and over again.  You don't have to worry about accidentally deleting it; and if it's written instead of typed, you know that the sender took the time to handwrite it.  Isn't it nice to hold a letter in your hands as you read it?

I want to encourage you to write more letters.  Maybe you have a friend who is going through something tough; I bet she would love to receive a letter from you.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a few words letting her know that you're thinking about her and praying for her.  Even if no one you know needs encouragement of this kind, I'm sure that someone you know would appreciate a letter from you.

When was the last time you received a letter?  How did it make you feel?

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