National Card and Letter Writing Month (April) is an opportunity for all Americans to rediscover the timeless and very personal art of letter writing. Both in times of peace and conflict, cards and letters are the most effective way to share and permanently record our thoughts, prayers, hopes and dreams. (Postmaster General John E. Potter).
What cards and letters have you held on to over the years? As I looked through my memory box of correspondence, I discovered several categories.
- Old Christmas cards
- Valentine cards from my husband and children
- Letters to my mother, when I first moved away from my hometown
- Birthday cards from my husband and children
- Thank-you notes
- Letters from my husband, when we were apart
- “Thinking of you” cards from friends after I moved away
- Mother’s Day cards from my kids and grandkids
Even though I send few cards and letters now, I still enjoy receiving them. But I’m reconsidering this lost art of letter writing. I know others appreciate receiving them as much as I do. And a few friends and relatives don’t communicate online.
I think the following messages would warrant an old-fashioned card or letter.
- Thank-you note. I’ve fallen short with “thank-you” etiquette, but I know most people appreciate a written note of thanks, and many expect it.
- Thinking-of-you note. Often it’s hard for me to tell people how I feel face-to-face; so, I seem to express myself better by writing them.
- Congratulations. I’m always thrilled when I receive blessings from old friends and family.
- Love letters. These private notes can become treasured keepsakes for loved ones or even part of our recorded legacy.
- Tribute. Words of praise might be difficult to write. But if you sense a expression of gratitude or praise is appropriate, you can be sure that you will find the words you need to express your thoughts.
- Reconciliation. Have you written that letter to end a conflict, resolve some differences, or restore a friendship? “The moment you realize God’s purpose, which is to get you rightly related to Himself and then to your fellow men, He will tax the last limit of the universe to help you take the right road. Decide it now—‘Yes, Lord, I will write that letter to-night’; ‘I will be reconciled to that man now’” (Oswald Chambers).