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?
Decide to do it right now, saying, “Yes, Lord, I will write that letter,” or, “I will be reconciled to that person now.” (Oswald Chambers)