By Doug Bing, Washington Conference president

Letter writing is really a lost art in this day of text messages, social media, and video calling.

New technology makes communication really great in many ways. It is enjoyable to be able to Facetime with my parents back in Kansas. Seeing their faces while we talk is a great thing. Letter writing, however, has really gone by the wayside for most, especially when communicating with parents, spouses, or that special someone in your life.

At times, sitting down to write a letter can be very healing or meaningful to both the writer or the receiver.

When I was in college, I only called home once a week and rarely called my girlfriend (now wife) because I didn’t have the funds to do so. So, I wrote letter; granted I wrote more letters to my future wife than I did to my parents, but I did in fact write to both. I could share news of what was happening in my life as well as share responses to their last letter to me. Of course, I would also share emotions and feelings with them, especially when it came to sending a love letter to my future wife. When I would get a reply from my girlfriend, it was a special day. She usually had some type of perfume on the letter, and her handwriting was so neat and elegant. And yes, she would return the love in her letter, and it was always a good day.

There is a special quote from the book Steps to Christ pg 115 that states:

In every one of His children, Jesus sends a letter to the world. If you are Christ’s follower, He sends in you a letter to the family, the village, the street, where you live. Jesus, dwelling in your desires to speak to the hearts of those who are not acquainted with Him.

You are the paper that Jesus is using to write a love letter to the world. You are the sweet aroma that God wants to use to share the message of His love to the world. In 2024 let the letter continue to be written in your life as you let Jesus write His character into your life.