Does anyone like to send or receive letters in the mail? I think most of us enjoy getting a personal letter or a package from someone. Nowadays everything seems almost instant – messaging, email, skype, etc. Many of us always have our cell phones near. But there’s nothing like a personal greeting that you can save.
Do you remember what it was like before all this instant communication? It was a bit harder to contact someone when all we had was snail mail or a telephone. I’m sure some people remember a time before telephones and when the postal service was also a lot slower.
I love the convenience of cell phones, messaging and email as much as anyone else. But I don’t want those to be my only way to communicate with others.
One of the things I have tried to do this past year or so is send encouraging cards to friends and family. Sometimes I used photographs to make a greeting card.
It gives me joy to send a card to a friend and know that it will bring a smile to their face. Often I use a simple watercolor painting of flowers or a small scene to make a card. I just glue it to some cardstock that I have cut and folded into a card shape. Here are some I made while on vacation and sent to my daughters.
Send a Personal Greeting
It’s such a lovely thing to receive a handwritten note from someone letting you know they care. There is something about holding it in your hand and getting to read it over again anytime.
I have received beautiful cards from friends that have sketches or painted flowers, and I treasure them. These cards below were sent to me by some dear friends. I will treasure them as I know they were sent with love.
A Simple Greeting Will Do
Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could bring back the art of letter writing?
There are many people who do still write letters, but I think it would be great if more and more people brought back that personal touch.
And it doesn’t have to be a lot; sometimes just a sentence or two is all you need to write to let someone know you care. It doesn’t even have to be handmade for someone to appreciate the gift of a card or letter.
For those of us who know Christ and have received encouragement through Him, it gives us even more joy when we encourage someone else. I love the exhortation to us in this passage from Philippians.
Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
What do you think? Maybe try an experiment and send a handwritten letter or card to someone you know would be blessed by it. I guarantee that you will be just as blessed as the one receiving the mailing.
Send is the prompt word for Day 6 of the #FiveMinuteFriday #10daywritingchallenge
I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday