What was the last personal letter you received?

It’s Monday morning, after a long holiday weekend.  The kid was awake at 5:30 this morning…  And I’m not feeling the most inspired.  But I’ve promised myself that it’s time to start writing again, so I found a little help today.  I have a book called, “Q&A a Day – 365 questions, 5 years, 1,825 answers. A 5 Year Journal.”  Kind of fun, and I haven’t even looked at most of it yet.  So I thought today would be a good day to open to a random question.

And here it is:  What was the last personal letter you received?

That one is actually pretty easy.  I’ve been lucky enough to get several over the last month.  You see, I resigned from my job as a Director of Youth and Outreach at  United Methodist Church recently, after ten years of serving a lovely congregation.  With the birth of our son, we decided I would be a stay at home mom – and so, with excitement AND a heavy heart, I resigned from a job that I loved.

As part of my sending-off, the congregation was invited to write me letters sharing how I had affected their individual lives over the years – and let me tell you, I couldn’t imagine a better gift!  The letters are all gathered together in a binder – a binder I will forever cherish.

It’s interesting, how sometimes you’re just bumbling along through this life, thinking you don’t have any answers, only questions…  You’re making mistakes and saying the wrongs things.  You’re feeling unaccomplished and wondering if you’ll ever make a difference in this world…  And then suddenly one person tells you that you made them smile…  Or think…  Or have faith in themselves, others, or God.  

One lady in our congregation suffers from depression and yet, anytime she knew I was preaching she got herself out of bed and to the church.  She said my God’s words, spoken through me, always seemed to be directed into her life for a reason and she always left uplifted, and with a smile.  That alone is worth all the uncertainties I felt in my job.  She’s a woman with a beautiful smile and a bright spirit – and if I could help her shine a little, by golly!  That made me happy.

It will be interesting in this new life of mine…  How will I manage to use my gifts and talents to continue bringing hope, joy, and faith to those around me?  I know it starts with my time spent with my little boy – raising him in light and love.  But where else can I serve in these ways…?  That’ll be my challenge in the weeks and months to come – something to pray about and experiment with.

A new life…  New opportunities…  New challenges…

Maybe I’ll begin by writing some letters of my own!  Who is one person in your life who has made a difference in who you are today?  Write them a letter.  Let them know.  Trust me, it’ll be a precious gift they will always cherish!