Booking Through Thursday: Letters


What do you think about letters? Do you ever send them anymore? Do you receive them? Do you just do email and texts instead? Do you miss the days when people used to write letters?

I love letters! I used to send more of them than I do these days. I have my closest friends’ birthdays on my calendar. For the last few years, I sent them a real card in the mail with a letter inside. It felt like a good way to reconnect.

After a couple of years, I stopped sending birthday letters and cards except to my absolute best friends. Very few people ever wrote back, and although they’re still my friends, it didn’t seem like it was worth the effort to send letters without ever receiving any. Maybe that’s not the Christian way to give without counting the cost, but it was making me sad.

I also wrote to my friends who were in seminary and barred from using email. That was nice because I knew I was contributing to their contact with the “outside world,” so to speak. That period is over, though. (Come to think of it, one is still in that season of his life. I should write to him!)

For me, email is about long communication that doesn’t need an urgent response. If I need to hear from someone immediately, I’ll call them. If I’m looking for a response in under an hour or so, I’ll text. (Rapid-fire back-and-forth texting just feels wrong.) For email, two or three days to a week is the best timeframe you can hope for. That’s how I manage my work.

PSA: Don’t complain about how much email you receive. Everyone gets email. If you don’t read that newsletter, unsubscribe. (Don’t click spam just because you don’t want it anymore!) If it’s work-related, you’re going to have to read it. If it’s personal, don’t be surprised if you miss out on something because you didn’t read your email; it is your fault.

I still write letters. I don’t write as many as I used to, but I do write them. No one ever heard of a love email, after all.

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