For the Journey

I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you
Phillipians 1:3

Some of the best gifts I have received have been cards, notes and letters that come via snail mail. It’s a nice surprise when a handwritten envelope quietly announces its arrival among the bills and junk mail screaming for my attention.

I like to keep letters and notes. Some end up as bookmarks and inevitably get stashed away between books and in drawers. Eventually I come across one these small treasures which stirs up pleasant thoughts and memories of the sender. 

I also have a handful of Christmas cards that I have kept over the years. Again, what’s special about these cards are the personal notes of news and inquiry. Some of these folks I see regularly, some I’ve lost touch with, and others have passed away. Reading their notes always makes me feel close to them and becomes a prayerful moment.

There are so many ways to give the written word as a gift. E-mail and other ways to send messages instantly are important and useful tools, but nothing beats that special feeling of warmth and excitement I get when I receive a hand-written note. It is a small gift of time and thoughtfulness that goes a long way.

Is there someone on your mind who would enjoy your hello, today?

contributed by Veronica Walsh

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One response to “For the Journey

  1. I’m so glad to read your reminder of this special gift we can easily give to those who are hurting or simply missed. I have several that I like to send simple notes to, and they always thank me. I never feel I have done enough, though, and often neglect to follow through when I have good intentions. Your telling of your own appreciation should get me on the ball! Thanks, Shirley

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