When I retired from my job, I knew I wanted to serve the Lord with my gifts and volunteer at my church. I went to a meeting at my church. A leadership position needed to be filled. I was new to the group so I kept my hand and my head down. I didn’t want to volunteer to be a leader, that was for someone else.
The next position was for the “Sunshine Committee.” Only one person was needed to send out the get-well cards to church members. I knew that it was the perfect position for me. My hand quickly went up as I said, “I’d like to do that.” I really wanted to. I am a person who likes to work quietly behind the scenes. I knew that God had found me a position where I had skills and an interest.
For the past three years I’ve received our church’s prayer list. I pray over every person that is on the prayer list and then send out care cards with love from God and our congregation. I carefully choose cards that fit men, women, and children. Some weeks are busier than others. I typically send 200 cards per year.
Occasionally people approach me at church and thank me personally for the cards. Sending a handwritten card is becoming a lost art. I believe people still enjoy getting a hand written, personalized card that lets them know that someone is thinking about them and praying for them.
We carry each other’s burdens in prayer. Sending cards may not seem like a big job, but I feel it is important. Sometimes, I may not even know the member of our congregation that I’m sending a card to. I don’t need to know any details. I ask God to place His loving, healing hands on them and I know God will supply and meet all of their needs.
Bob LMarch 26, 2020 at 10:35 pm
Receiving a hand-written card from a smiling Christian who KNOWS “God will supply and meet all of their needs” is one of the nicest ways to reach out! I still receive cards from a church I attended several years ago in another state. They haven’t forgotten me! I’ve found that even more “public” people appreciate knowing others care enough to pray and to reach out. I communicated with a medical doctor who is also a highly visible Finnish government official who is being badgered for upholding Christian values in Finland. This pastor’s wife and important person even wrote back, thanking me for praying and writing! We can make a difference if we will. Only God knows how important some of those contacts are.
Thanks for the encouraging articles, and this one is another fine one.
DawnFebruary 4, 2021 at 10:40 am
What a beautiful way to serve otherrs!!!