Writing a letter

We receive fewer and fewer hand written letters or cards. For many of us social media has become the way to communicate. It has many merits, but I still enjoy receiving a letter from a friend. One friend always sends me a very newsy letter to me with a birthday card. I greatly enjoy reading it.

I would like to encourage us to write a letter or two to a friend or relative in these strange days. Sending a letter can be such a caring and loving act. Letters don’t need to be carefully crafted. They can be simply chatty and friendly.

Our letter can send appreciation. We are warmed and encouraged by the kindness of appreciation. Saying thank you, or well done to someone, in writing, is a lovely act of kindness.

Our letter can develop contact. We like to share our news, and people like to hear what we have been doing – even if we are saying we are doing very little. Sharing how we are and what has been happening strengthens friendship and mutual support.

Our letter can send sympathy. We are comforted by knowing that others are thinking of us in difficult times. If we believe someone is depressed or sorrowful a card expressing our good wishes and care can go a long way.

Our letter or card can send our congratulations. We live in a strange world where sometimes envy or jealousy are far too common. We can do a lot of good if we tell our friends or relatives that we are please at some happiness or success that has come their way.

Our letters can be sent at specific times to greet people. I suspect more Christmas cards will be sent this year and that, if we prepare in time, can be an opportunity to include a letter.

The Royal Mail regularly issue beautiful ‘commemorative’ stamps which add something special to an envelope. We can specifically ask for them at post offices. We may particularly like to ask for Christmas stamps for our cards. It is worth brightening our envelope with an attractive stamp.

The kindness of a personal letter can do great work.

Fr Ian

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St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester, UK. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community rejoicing in our Anglo Catholic tradition, where people of many differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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