You know the feeling...
you go to the mailbox
and there it is...
an envelope with your name on it,
written in someone's hand
and a familiar name in the sender's corner.
You smile and take it to a favorite chair
or a spot on your front porch
or you turn from your task at hand,
be it tending to your children or the vacuuming.
and you open it.
It is just what you needed.
It's an encouraging word from someone who knows you
well enough to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit
and takes the time to let you know they care about you,
that you are an important part of their lives
and that you are loved and appreciated.
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I do appreciate emails and phone calls and blog comments;
they are all wonderful ways to give and receive encouragement.
But I have a friend who has a knack of sending a note
at just the right time, and it gives me pleasure to hold that note
in my hands and to read it over and over.
I have even put one in our china cabinet so that I see it
whenever I reach to get a dish or a vase, and there it is,
a reminder of that friend and her friendship with me.
This reminder is, for me, also one that urges me to
pass encouragement on to others.
Since you took the time to read this,
please know that I thank you for your friendship,
and I pray that today you will be encouraged by God's Word,
so that you may in turn be an encouragement to others.
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself
and God our Father, who loved us
and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement
and good hope, encourage your hearts
and strengthen you in every good deed and word.