The Joys of a Handwritten Note by Kathy Butryn


My fingers gently touched the exquisite textures of the paper notes and cards during a recent browse through a stationary store. In a society of rapid-fire cyber communication, stationary stores are but rare finds. My heart quickens at the sight of one.

“Why spend time enjoying a look at what is seemingly an antiquated means to communicate?” you may ask. It reminds me that a personal note is a way for me to show gratitude and love to another.
It reminds me that the act of writing a personal note moves me to  the side-lines of my hurried life to think about someone else and to  serve them with the kindness of my words. It reminds me that a personal note brings joy to the receiver.

I was the recipient of that joy not long ago. It was a simple card filled with words that I needed to hear right at that time! Words God used to strength my heart to keep-on-pressing-on. It was that small card that reminded me of the power of a hand-written note.

Hand-written notes are as rare as stationary stores these days. Let’s change that. Pour yourself a cup of tea (or coffee for you java lovers) – then sit down to pour a bit of your heart into a hand-written note. It need not be long, and it need not be on fancy stationary.

It just needs to be a few hand-written lines that hold the possibilities of joy, hope and encouragement to another. Live on purpose today by keeping in touch with a dear one–at a snail’s pace.

I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand. Remember my chains. Grace be with you. (Colossians 4:18, NIV)

Prayer- Lord, remind us of those who especially would like a note today so that we might encourage them as you encourage us. Amen.

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