When my aunt died unexpectedly, family and friends spoke at her funeral service of the little ways in which her kindness had impacted them, and one of the stories that most stirred me was someone’s recollection of my aunt’s faithfulness in sending cards.
She didn’t wait for a particular occasion to make someone feel special. People in her community and amongst her loved ones all recognized the hand-painted watercolor cards, with the usual chatty note inside.
“I was thinking of you the other day, and thought I would send you a note. How are you? What is going on in your life?”
My aunt’s cards are now treasures in my family, memorials to the woman who spread such light and encouragement to those around her.
In a world where technology has made communication so cheap and so quick, a certain element of personal care has been lost. A personal, hand-written note signals that you consider the relationship worth the extra time to set pen to paper. Regardless of the note’s actual content, that message alone is worth the effort!
Many times, a cheerful letter or card from a friend has brightened a difficult period in my life, reinforcing the truth that “just a note” to the writer may mean so much to the receiver.
Years ago, I bought some basic card-making supplies (colored cardstock, blank cards, adhesive, etc.) and have now expanded to include embossing pens and powders, punches that cut out special shapes or create fancy edging, and more. I periodically plan “therapeutic crafting” (making cards is a great stress-reliever!) to replenish the half-dozen cards I try to keep on hand. Then, when an occasion presents itself, or when I want to reach out to a particular loved one, I simply write in one of my ready-made cards. It’s fun and easy for me, and so encouraging to the receive!
So write to a lonely elderly woman. Mentor a younger woman. Bless an old friend, or make a new one! Stay alert to your church prayer requests or to the needs of those around you, and send an encouraging note.
“What if I’m not a writer?”
Does it matter? When you receive a note from a loved one, do you dissect the writing quality, or do you cherish the thoughtfulness of the person who took the time to let you know that you are special to her?
Do not make the prideful mistake of thinking that you must have a special gift to be a giver. Just give—and let God will do the rest!
How do you like to bless others and help them feel special?
None of my life has gone the way it was "supposed to go," but I don't love my life any less because of the hardships and new directions. I see so much unexpected good in it, and I want others to see the good in theirs.