Wednesday, December 7, 2011

An Almost Free Christmas Gift

A friend of mine showed me a website that I just can't stop looking at. It's called The World Needs More Love Letters. There are so many things to love about a site like this but here's my favorite part ... the whole thing was started by people who are very young. They're people who write blogs, which means they're people with computers. So why do you suppose they don't just send emails and facebook messages? Why would these 20 somethings use a pen and a piece of paper to communicate? Because ...

There is absolutely NO replacement for the handwritten note. Even those who have grown up in an electronic culture are finding out that it's not personal. It's fast. BUT typing looks like everything else. Nothing stands out the same as something written with a pen, pencil or marker. It just makes a connection that can't be beat. The most amazing part is that the process is a bonus for both the sender AND the receiver. If you write ... you will feel different.

Today is the 3rd day of the 12 Days of Letter Writing. Letters have been requested and are going out to people who are in need of a pick me up during this most wonderful time of the year. As you lick the frosting off of your gingerbread man it's not fun to think that there are people out there who are struggling with one thing or another. It's feels safe inside the Christmas celebration bubble, but to truly celebrate the meaning of Christmas (giving) you have to come out of there.

I'm here to tell you that writing a letter is EXACTLY the best way to celebrate Christmas. It's seems obvious to me that Jesus would celebrate Christmas doing things just like this. It might not seem as tangible as Toys for Tots. A note of encouragement to a complete stranger may not feel like doing "enough" this time of year. The list of excuses is endless. Get over all of the reasons you wouldn't write a note and click right here --> WRITE   You will read just a little something from someone who needs to hear from you today. AND it's not too late to write to more than one. You need paper, a pen, a stamp and about 20 minutes. It's a gift that costs a lot less than some of the things you've wrapped up so far.
For every note I write to a stranger I'm sending one to a person I know too!!

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