I love writing letters! Ever since I was a child I was encouraged to write thank you cards when I received a gift, it was a habit that never left me.
These days email, texts and phone conversations have largely taken over how we communicate. These are all excellent ways of contacting each other quickly, but I still love the art of letter writing. It’s different to texts and calls; it gives you time to think, and create something that’s considered.
In his letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul starts with a personal message to the church there;
From Paul, Silas and Timothy,
To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace and peace to you.
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.
We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labour prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-3
It’s a reminder that in his letter writing, Paul encourages these early churches to carry on with their Christian faith and gives them wisdom and advice as to how to love God and learn from him. I am encouraged that although it’s not the most popular form of communication, my letter writing can give joy and encouragement, and even (with God’s help) be inspirational to the people I write to.
Is there someone you could write to this week to inspire and encourage them in their walk with God?