Does anyone else get a little flutter of excitement when you look out the window and see the mail truck driving down your street?
I think that if I could choose another career, I would totally choose to be a mail lady.
Aside from the-having-to-bring-people-their-bills-and-a-whole-lot-of-unsolicited-junk-mail part, mail people get to bring happy things like packages and funny Hallmark cards and magazines and meaningful messages penned from the heart.
From the day we knew our baby wasn’t coming home with us when he was supposed to, our mailbox became this refuge for me. I found so much hope in opening that little door at the end of a hard day at the hospital and finding a brightly colored envelope with an encouraging word from a friend.
Some sent letters with verses or written prayers, some sent coloring pages that their kids had drawn for us, and one gal even sent me a card with 15 funny kid jokes written on the inside.
The point is, you don’t have to be Aristotle to write someone a card. A simple, “I’m praying for you. Let me know if I can do anything else,” is just perfect.
In an age where we all have like 586 unread emails, there is something so personal and comforting about receiving a piece of mail – snail mail style – and seeing the scrawled handwriting of a loved one who took the time to bless you.
Here is a photo of all the cards our little mailbox has housed over the last 6 months…
That is one giant reminder pile of God’s love for our Happy Home, let me tell you!
Some of my favorites were the ones made by kids – I’ve always admired the faith of a child…
And here is one precious card I just got the other day – it couldn’t have arrived at a better time!
Snail Mail is biblical.
One can only imagine what the churches in the New Testament felt like when they received those encouraging letters from Paul written in his own hand.
In fact, the entire Bible is one massive letter written to us from God, Himself.
Now that is one piece of mail I love receiving day after day after day!
So, how about it? Take a minute, pick up a pen, and pray God shows you who needs a little sunshine in their mailbox today.
And don’t forget to include one of those cute Disney postage stamps that are available right now.
Happy Snail Mail-ing!
*P.S. – I have similar feelings about the UPS/Fed Ex people, so going a step further than a letter, you might remember the Unexpected Blessing Package we received in the mail from a good friend. Put a small care package, or Sunshine In a Box, together and it will be sure to cheer someone right up.*