I write a lot of notes. Well, maybe not a LOT, but I am definitely a note writer. I like to write notes. I like the personal feel of a pen between my fingers. I like knowing that the card or paper that has touched my hands will soon be in the hands of the intended recipient. And, I like the intimacy that a written note brings - it just seems warmer to me than a typed email.
So, I try to send thank-you notes when I receive a gift. I try to send notes to people in the congregation when they are going through a difficult time, or when they have agreed to serve in a new capacity, or when I simply think about them and want them to know it. I send notes to visitors, too.
Today, I was at the post office, and I ran into someone who attends another church but who visited our church about two years ago. I wrote her a note. She thanked me for her note, and said she keeps it in her Bible and moves it as she reads. Wow! Who knew that a note from two years ago would still be in circulation...and still appreciated?
I should know that. I keep notes that I receive. Some are tucked in my Bible. Some are tucked in a drawer. Some are tucked in notebooks and journals. But, I turn to them often when I need encouragement, or when I need to remember that no matter how frustrated I may be, the work is important. It makes a difference. Sometimes, rereading a note feels like a little whiff of Holy Spirit and it fuels me for what is to come. You just never know.