Ever so often, we read about someone finding old love letters written many years ago. They may have been one's parents sharing romantic feelings for each other before marriage; or heart-jerking correspondence during a war, when each day may be the last one to share a love note from home. We all enjoy getting personal mail. Mostly now we receive letters from my sisters in Florida. They do not have computers so we rely on the "old fashion way of keeping in touch" - letter writing.
I've always been a letter-writer. I love to write notes and letters to friends, favorite coaches and teachers, politicians and 'do gooders'. I think of it as investing in the process of encouraging or challenging one to push harder or seek to achieve more. I like to share Biblical promises and how they can bring strength and hope to one trapped in sadness or sorrow. The words of a favorite hymn can encourage the soul and produce a 'humming of the soul', leading right up to the throne of God our Heavenly Father. Just a few lines of an old hymn in a note can bring renewed strength.
I was always encouraged by letters from home.Though it might have been short, full of names of neighbors sick, on deathbeds, or working through hard times, it was in my Mama's handwriting. This would remind me of those arthritic hands that suffered just to produce those few lines to keep in touch. Now my sisters provide those "letters from home." I sense a familiar tone in their writing that leads me back to those times when Mama would write.
When is the last time you sat down with the intentions of writing your children "a letter from home"? How about putting your feelings, your thoughts and you wishes or hopes down in writing, then share with your family this summer. Engage in talking about things that matter most to you when your family gathers. Say a prayer of thanks for blessings that have come your way through the influence of home. Remind you family of their grandparents and other members of the family tree. Pull out some of the old letters and read them after a meal.
Write your family members a "letter of remembrance" listing some of the most special times you had as a youngsters. Maybe as a teenager, or young adult! Entitle the work "Letters from Home". Begin with Phil 1: 3 "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you" (KJV).