A guest post by my friend, Amanda.
I must have been eight or nine years old, maybe even younger. I was an avid reader, and it seemed that all of my favorite books described deep friendships formed through the writing of heartfelt letters.
It was then that I started hoping for a pen pal, and not long after my wish came true: a missionary friend of ours was looking for someone to write letters home to, and we began sending handwritten notes across the ocean.
He wrote about the slums, the poorest of the poor, and how much they need Jesus.
I wrote about bicycle parades around our cul de sac, and what I was learning in school.
He wrote about life lessons like sleeping on a hard wooden board, and how thankful it he was that it was off the ground, other wise he’d be sleeping with cockroaches.
I wrote about Sunday school lessons and science experiments that were more interesting to my brother than they were to me.
We told our stories. We shared life lessons. We exchanged Biblical truths.
There’s more than just passé charm in a handwritten letter. It’s more than just an antiquated and delightful form of communication.
A hand-written note is an investment in the life of another precious soul.
Handwritten correspondence is an ages old, tried and true method of communication and relationship. Without it whole nations might not have been established. And without handwritten letters, our Christian Scriptures — the Holy Bible — would be missing the vast majority of the New Testament. Our entire understanding of Christian living, church life, spiritual gifts, Biblical conflict resolution, and grace would be missing key aspects that form our theology and beliefs.
Think about the love and devotion that Paul, Luke, and Peter put into writing their epistles to the early Christian church. They gave of their time, and were willing to risk persecution and death in order to encourage, disciple, and guide the early church through perilous times. They quite literally invested their own lives into the lives of millions of saints that were to come after them. Their resolve was unwavering and their legacy is unending.
A hand-written note is a social thread that knits our lives together in intimacy and camaraderie.
Before we were connected to each other in five or six different ways, there was pen, paper, and a stamp. Three items that individually serve very little purpose, but together they crafted history making documents, told stories of scandal and valor and tragedy, and connect us one to another.
Taking time to write a note of encouragement, condolence, congratulations, or a simple hello, ascribes value to the recipient, and connects us in a way that goes beyond 140 characters and emoticons. Through letter writing our hearts become engaged in the correspondence, forging friendships that may last a lifetime.
The tradition, the charm, the sophistication of letter-writing, there are many reasons to write a hand-written letter!
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In 2012, after opening up about her three year journey through infertility, Amanda decided to combine her desire for connecting like-minded women with her passion for story crafting and launched a Christian lifestyle blog, A Royal Daughter. Facing unexplained infertility wrecked her in the most painful, yet glorious way, and gave her a platform to share what so many infertile women want to say, but often don’t. Her desire is to offer to those who do not know the pain first hand an inside look at infertility and to encourage those who face the frustrating struggle to do so with grace and dignity.
Find Amanda online at her blog, on Facebook, on Twitter, and on Instagram. No really. Go find her. You won’t regret it.