I don’t know about you, but getting a card in the mail with a personal handwritten note means more to me than a quick email message or e-card. Why? Probably because of the time and effort involved. I know that the person sending the card had to take the time to (1) go to the store and search out the perfect card, (2) purchase the card with money, (3) take the time to write a thoughtful message in legible handwriting (as a former school teacher that’s a BIG deal to me!) and then (4) address the card, pop on a stamp and actually get the card into the mailbox.
Effort + thoughtfulness + handwritten words of appreciation and encouragement = feelings of love and care. Warm fuzzies. Don’t you like warm fuzzies yourself? You know your pastor and his wife do too.
This isn’t a difficult way to show the leaders of your church that you care about them, but it does take more effort than sitting down at your computer or with your smart phone and punching a few letters on a keypad. A small difference in some ways yet a huge difference in other ways. Your pastor will feel the love.
Don’t know your pastor’s home address because you are part of a mega church and your pastor’s personal information is kept private for obvious safety reasons? No problem, mail the card to the church in care of Pastor and Mrs. _______. He’ll get it. Hopefully he’ll remember to take it home to show his wife!
Are you part of a small congregation and know exactly where your pastor lives? Save yourself a postage stamp and drop the card by the house one day with a plate of cookies or a tray of cupcakes! You don’t need to linger, just pass the plate (pun intended) and the card to whoever opens the door. Your name will be praised at the gates of the city. I guarantee!
So get thee to the nearest Hallmark store and commence the blessings of the written word.
*I recognize that there are many women pastors and that all posts don’t apply equally to men and women in ministry. I try to be gender neutral and when the use of he/she or him/her is too cumbersome we default to the masculine pronoun. The reverse is true for referring to the pastor’s spouse. I hope that you can read past these masculine and feminine pronouns to the spirit behind each post —- creative ways to be a blessing to those who serve us…..and their spouses.