I can see the pens bringing much joy, wisdom, victory and encouragement to many who have not received a personal letter in years and years. In fact, I can see the dying art of handwritten letters, cards and notes being resurrected through one hand and one heart at a time. That is another project that I am focusing on. I have written a story called: “The Forgotten Language of Letters” to which I have received some very encouraging replies. I sent one of the stories to our local postmaster. She replied with this heart-warming handwritten note:
Thank you so much for sharing your words of wisdom with me. I also miss the hand written letters. Since my Mother’s passing in December 2008, I have not received a letter until now. You inspire me to go into the schools this year and teach the children how to address an envelope & send a letter. I will also be checking out your website.
Thank you for being Jesus’ messenger.
Another person wrote:
Dear Peter and Rebekah,
Hello, dear friends. I read your post about handwritten letters. I can’t agree with you more.
But it seems we live in a world that is quickly changing. I haven’t received a hand-written letter in, well, I don’t know how long. I fear they may become a thing of the past. what a treasure to hold in your hands something that came from someone’s heart.
I imagine it every time I read my Bible. How precious must have been every letter written by Paul and the others. How these letters must have been read and reread. What water they must have been for hungry souls in very troubled times.
When I read those letters today, I wonder, did Paul know that so many years later I would be reading these letters, and feeling the effects of his prayers? I thank God for men like that, who would take the time to write letters. I thank God that He moved upon the hearts of men to record what the Holy Sprit was telling them.
` Some of us today live on the words that they wrote. We are still encouraged, admonished, strengthened, warned, directed, guided, changed, built up and fed on these words.
If they lived today they would no doubt see the practicality of using modern media to reach so many more.
But I thank God for the Word I can hold in my hands. I love the feel of the delicate sturdy pages of my Bible. And my heart brings me back to simpler times when God used the human hand, the pen, the parchment to record and transmit for all time, words eternal, words life changing and alive and full of love.
I hear and read words like that toady also. They often match up perfectly with the words of the past. The Word of God is timeless. It will live forever until it brings forth the fruit it was carried forth to bring. The Holy Spirit breathes on us today just as it did long ago on our friend Paul and all the others who took time to listen and write a letter
Your friends in New Castel, CO
Tina & family
Writing those letters that require a first-class stamp is not to be seen as a burden, time-waster or expense. It is to be a joy and gift of the heart and to the heart of a lonely or lost traveler. Dear reader, please continue to pass the legacy of letter writing on to your children, grand children and great-grand children.
You will notice that there is no phone number or address on the pen. Leaving contact information off the pens was intentional. We want folks to get in touch with Jesus, not Peter & Rebekah. If too many or the wrong folks have our address or phone number, we may eventually forfeit that personal touch as we attempt to answer every letter or phone call. Writing letters must never be hurried or done out of a sense of obligation. If it is, we are being harassed by the tyranny of “the shoulds.”
(Continued next column)