The written word.
I don’t seem to see it as often as in years passed. Even with birthdays, it seems so many send electronic cards. Now don’t get me wrong, I love those too. It is always a surprise to see them in my inbox.
But the written word falls like a balm to the soul and a feast to the eyes.
There is something so special about seeing handwriting. Not penmanship but handwriting. It is so personal to each of us – neat or sloppy, big or small, slanted or straight, blue ink or black. And then to realize…there is a hand which touched our paper, a person who cared enough to share. Yes, that is why I will hold onto and cherish each card I receive for a long time.
Have we forgotten how endearing and precious the written word can be? The power and impact they can have on a thirsty soul?
God certainly knew as He gave Moses the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written by the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18, NLT) Can we even imagine the sight of the very penmanship of God?
Paul, while imprisoned in Rome, also knew the comfort of the written word. In writing to Timothy, he instructs him, “When you come, be sure to bring the coat that I left with Carpas at Troas. Also bring my books, and especially my papers.” (2 Timothy 4:13, NLT) Paul received comfort from personal notes and letters he had received. He wanted the familiar scrolls, probably parchment paper, in his hands. The familiar would bring him joy.
And the Lord is still writing each day ….
“Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.”
(2 Corinthians 3:3, NLT)
Perhaps this is the very reason my heart skips a beat when I see a handwritten envelope, with my name on it, in the mail. Amidst the junk mail and advertisements and mail for others and bills, there is one envelope which comes from the heart. The one piece of mail which will come from the heart and deposit into my heart a bit of encouragement, hope and love.
A little piece of that which He has written on the heart of another delivered right to my heart in its moment of need.
The written word.
We all need some now and then.
In our mailbox.
From one heart to another.
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