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Devotional: Have You Sent a Non-Holiday Card Lately?

By Pastor David Jones, Stonerise Manager of Chaplaincy Services

“Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus who risked their own necks for my life…Greet my beloved Epaenetus who is the firstfruits of Achaia to Christ. Greet Mary who labored much for us. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners…Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ and Stachys, my beloved….Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa who have labored in the Lord….” (Rom. 16:3-16) “…To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all that….” (Rom. 1:7-12)

The apostle Paul certainly sent “greeting cards” (or notes or entire books) to people from his past, making them personal by the mention of their name and by remembering their service for the Lord. Can you imagine what it meant to those people, many of whom were struggling with difficult trials and stresses, after hearing a lengthy tome read in church, to hear their name specifically mentioned by this great apostle? “He remembered me! He recalls how we served together! He’s praying for me!”

In our very high-tech world today we are becoming very low-touch with people, much of it lately due to our efforts to quarantine ourselves away from people for everyone’s safety. But our isolation from others leads to skyrocketing loneliness and depression and many are yearning to hear the voice of a loved one or to read of the sentiments of people who care about them. So, telephones still work; tele-visits, skyping, face-time, zoom meetings, etc. can be very helpful for many. However, so many of our aging and lonely loved ones do not have those resources available to them or their hearing is so impaired that even loud phone conversations can be a problem.

But if we take the time and make the effort, we still might deliver to their hearts the tender messages and real encouragement that many may need and deeply appreciate. We need to make our writing legible and large enough to be clearly understood; the same is true with the size of fonts we might use if we type something that will be sent. We can choose large cards with beautiful flowers or scenes that will capture their attention and bring some joy. Or hilarious scenes and script that bring laughter to those who enjoy that.

But we must be genuine and personal with compassionate love and tenderness. We can fill our notes with appreciation for our loved ones, with memories of the past, with a verse of Scripture and assurances of our prayer support (exactly what Paul was doing!). We can send these blessings that can lift their spirits and increase their gratitude for God’s goodness in their lives.

Can you imagine the impact that might be had if everyone who reads these devotionals would send such a note to someone once a week? What if we prayed specifically for that person all that same week? Think about it.

For Prayer Today
Pray that God will use you to bring special blessing to someone today!

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