Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:9)
I received a handwritten letter today. It was four pages of a dear friend’s time, love and heart given as a gift to me.I have to tell you, I felt honored and privileged to receive such a gesture of care. Who would have thought that letter writing would become such a rare thing? I am surprised schools even continue to teach handwriting. The way life functions now, they might as well put a keyboard in front of preschoolers and get them started on the path to corporate success.
Working with my Junior High son on his grammar has been a challenge too.
He says it is no longer important to capitalize proper nouns and names.
“People know what you mean with abbreviations and text messages,” he said. When I heard him speak those words, a nuclear bomb exploded within my writer’s soul!
I then tried to convey the value of good writing skills and how it makes you come across to authority, teachers, professors and prospective employers. I pray the light comes on for him one day soon.
That jewel of a letter I received reminded me of another letter I take for granted: God’s Word. Much of it was originally handwritten letters from one heart to others. From David and Solomon, expressing their love for Israel to the Apostles encouraging the churches, the letters are meant to be cherished, memorized, sung, taught and valued, through which the Holy Spirit changes lives.
For those of us who suffer chronic pain and illness, they provide immeasurable comfort and hope, strength and courage to continue persevering onward and upward. Like the Apostle John’s writings from exile as he was shown end times, they lovingly take our faces and point them in the direction of eternity where Jesus Christ will reign supreme with the saints and every trace of earthly pain will be forgotten forever!
About the Author:
Pastor Greg Harvey lives in Kansas City, Kansas and manages chronic degenerative disc disease with lumbar and cervical degeneration. He and his wife Dee like to volunteer with their church’s small group ministry. Greg’s book, “Finding God Faithful in Turbulent Times” is available and may be obtained by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org