...I still send those. Though not as many as in previous years, but still, Christmas cards are a delight, especially when you find beautiful ones like these at Dollar Tree:
Lots of people no longer send paper cards, (the way I've ceased decorating for Christmas) which is fine, of course! But I hope their only reason is not because card-sending is expensive. It isn't. My pretty cards cost a scant .07 cents each, plus the affixed .49 cent stamp and since when will .56 cents shove you into the streets and homelessness? Since when is .56 cents too costly a way to remind someone they're remembered, appreciated and loved?
Even when Tom was out of work, I mailed out Christmas cards and enjoyed imagining the smiles they'd create at mailboxes. In our 36 years of marriage God has consistently provided money so we can share good things with others. Always He makes certain funds are available to bless folks with and always He restores back to us '30, 60 or 100 fold' just as the Bible says.
Even in 2014 it is still in giving that we receive.
And yes, of course we now have e-cards. I've sent scads and it's easy to include encouraging words with those as well. But maybe it's that word 'easy' which troubles me sometimes. Is easy giving the best kind, I wonder?
All I'm really blogging today? If the old-fashioned mailing of paper cards still delights you, but you're concerned about the cost--don't be. If Grace is nudging you to go ahead! well, go ahead. Obeying Grace is wisdom.
Cards mailed today or tomorrow have a good chance of arriving 'on time', but really, even if they're a few days late, which of us hates receiving kind, loving wishes after Christmas?
Always is a perfect time to show people they are loved. Any day of the year is the right time for that.
"And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." ... Ephesians 5:2
"Spend and God will send." ...... Author: Unknown Authors
"I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare."
Author: C.S. Lewis
Awww... if this story doesn't warm your heart, well, you uh-oh! Just might be dead. heh. :)
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