This weekend I was browsing through an antique store and found a “writer’s paradise” – shelves full of old, blank postcards with pretty pictures. Postcards of Paris, rose gardens, Florida orange trees, tropical island beaches with clear, blue-green water and white sands, humorous ads, cute beagle puppies, women in 1950’s hats, you name it. There were boxes and boxes of these postcards.
I bought a handful to send to my family. What a great way to let someone you love know that you’re thinking about them.
A new favorite author of mine, Alexandra Stoddard, writes about postcards in her book, Living A Beautiful Life: 500 Ways to Add Elegance, Order, Beauty, and Joy to Every Day Of Your Life:
“A short, timely letter can enhance moments of your day: it can be a gem given or received. In my bedroom I have a small antique wicker desk that is uncluttered and neat and is all arranged so that I can sit down and dash off a note or a card to a friend. I’ve gathered dozens of postcards from trips to museums and have them there along with stationery and notepaper in letter racks, having the supplies attractively arranged where I can see them, be inspired and dash off that note. Make it a daily opportunity to communicate with a friend…Have a pretty cup to hold some colored pens so you can have plenty of variety when you sit down to write.”
Sending postcards and letter-writing is nearly a lost art today because of rapidly changing technology and how busy we are. But in this tech age, we can send emails, ecards, IM’s, and text messages “just because” to let our family and friends know that they are on our minds. We all need encouragement and prayers each day. 🙂
Who can you send a postcard to today, or some other form of written communication to say, “I’m thinking about you”?
God lets us know each day that He is thinking of us through His word. The Psalms and Proverbs are especially His “postcards” to us, telling us how much He loves us. Today for encouragement, meditate on a few scriptures such as Psalm 3:5-6, “I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the Lord was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.”