Yesterday, something rare happened here in San Luis Obispo, CA. It was overcast…no sun at all, and lightly rained all day. We desperately need the precipitation, so it was a very good thing!
The peaceful sound of the rain, and the cooler temperature brought calm to my spirit, and I decided to use this cozy time indoors to go through my box of old greeting cards.
Do you save greeting cards, notes, and letters that are sent to your family? I always have, because I treasure all of them.
When we made our big move from the East Coast to the West Coast, I needed to do some major downsizing. This was a painful process for me. Layer by layer, I was able to sell, donate or give away more than half of our possessions. It wasn’t easy, and I had a huge job ahead of me when I went through my cards and all the papers/drawings from my two sons that I had saved. I managed to dwindle it all down to one box…which I haven’t gone through until yesterday.
Now I know that some of you completely understand what I am talking about, and some of you just can’t understand why greeting cards or letters from years ago would be so treasured. Some people believe that cards are a waste of money and meaningless, and others believe that cards are a waste of resource and bad for the planet.
I believe that cards and letters can be life changing and sometimes even life savers.
There is a specialness about receiving personal cards, notes, or letters, whether it be through the Post Office or personally delivered. There is the immediate feeling of happiness in knowing that someone is thinking of us, and the anticipation while opening.
Any greeting is wonderful and appreciated…whether it is an email, text, or a card or letter. However, a physical card that has been lovingly made or chosen for the recipient…or a letter written and actually signed by the giver…becomes a treasure.
Those treasures actually touched the senders’ hands and remain a tangible reminder of their love and concern for us.
I consider a box of old greeting cards and letters to be quite like a diary.
It is a timeline of a life.
When my mom passed away, I had the privilege of going through her cards…she kept EVERYTHING! I learned so much about her and my dad, as I read all of the cards and letters that she had kept through the years. The ones that really touched my heart were the sympathy cards she received from so many when my dad passed away. I felt a reverence as I read each and every card and letter that she had kept. I kept only a few, however, felt that I respected her memory by reading about her life through the words of concern and love from those who loved her.
Yesterday turned out to be an enlightening day for me. I reread all of the sympathy cards sent to me after my mother’s death. When first received they were comforting, however, at that time I was kind of going through life in auto-pilot. Yesterday, the pouring out of love and condolences from friends and family’s correspondence, literally warmed my heart and brought tears to my eyes.
Sometimes it is easy to forget the great love that is present in our lives…there is so much darkness in the world. These little, tangible reminders re-ignite the flicker of light and love in our hearts.
There were cards over the years from my friends, family, and husband that fill my heart just thinking about them. Old love letters from my hubby before we were married…and then personal notes and cards from him that document our growth as a couple. Wow!
Cards and notes from my mom and dad, and my mother in law, in their handwriting that I will never be able to see from them again. Words of love, appreciation, gratefulness, and wit, from my sons through the years.
You can’t put a price tag on those things, and the memories and feelings they evoke.
I have also saved thank you notes. You know, when I feel the call to send a note or card to someone, or gift them in a particular way, I just send the love, and then put it out of my mind. Reading the thank you notes helped me to remember all the times that God has led me to send a gift, letter, or card, only to find out that it was a time when they truly needed to know someone was thinking of them.
Isn’t God amazing? And isn’t it amazing to be blessed with the opportunity to become a vessel that He works through to touch someone in our lives?
We are all interconnected in and through Jesus. We are all parts of the same body…the Body of Christ.
It is a privilege to reach out to others, and a blessing when others reach out to us. That privilege and blessing has One Source…Our Loving God. May we always be open to His Presence, Love and Mercy.
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.” Romans 12:9-16
Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8