How Do I Send An Act of Love?
By Janet Stobie
Today words tumble forth from emails, texts, cell phones, until many of us feel like we’re drowning. We see couples in restaurants, each of them lost in their cell phones or computers. At times, I’d like to turn off the world.
A number of years ago, my son called from Vietnam. “Joanne and I are getting married one week from today in Bali. We’ll pay all your expenses if you’ll come.” Five hours later, I called back with, “My flight’s booked to arrive Sunday evening at 11 p.m.” Short notice, cost and distance meant Dave’s brother and sister were left behind. In order to bring their presence with me, they each wrote a letter to be read on Dave’s wedding day.
After the ceremony, the sun dancing on the surf as it rolled in, the three of us sat down barefoot on the beach to share a glass of champagne and open those letters. God’s Spirit enveloped us as Dave read his siblings’ words of love. They shared family memories, pride in their brother’s accomplishments, and hope for a future filled with joy. Even though they weren’t there physically, their words written from their hearts strengthened family ties for a lifetime.
In this world where distance seems to have disappeared and connection is instantaneous, we need to remember the power of our written words. St. Paul wrote letters of love and support and direction to the churches he had begun. Today we still receive the wisdom and love of God through those letters. I encourage you this week to claim the power of the written word. Do more than send clipped, business- like emails and texts. Surprise your child, your spouse, your friend with written words of affirmation and support. Share your heart and make the connection an act of love.
“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you …” (Philippians 1: 3)