I love letters! There’s something deeply personal and transpiring about good ol’ fashioned letters. I’m always fascinated by the typography, or should I say the calligraphy of people’s handwriting. In return, I attempt to write the best to my ability, which often turns out to be a kids handwriting – but it’s something I enjoy doing nonetheless. Mind you, I could never grasp the art of cursive writing, as it takes up too much white space, and I can never understand what I actually wrote.

I equally value e-mails, as an electronic form of handwritten letters. I miss receiving incredibly passionate e-mails that spur the emotion and wit of the writer’s heart. I could always sense and tell what he or she wants to share with me, and how they communicate a particular point of view. You can sense the character of the person, whom you received the email / letter from. There’s something deeply engaging about a letter, whether you are on the receiving end, or initiating a conversation on pen or pixel.

A good letter takes time to write.

A great letter will encapsulate the emotions and passion of what the author is trying to convey in writing.

A memorable letter is something that you treasure – not just for keepsake, but it’s something that attracts you to return back. It often leaves you feeling moved with emotion, and no matter how many times you read it – the message carries the author’s heart and soul, be it good or bad.

Unfortunately, the art of communication has been characterised to status updates about one having breakfast in the morning – to a message with a restriction of 140 characters. It can be argued that some of the most memorable passages of Scripture that we treasure are less than 140 characters, but how often do people tweet a Bible verse without feeling shame of acknowledging their faith in the LORD Jesus Christ. It can be argued that the same applies to status updates posted on Facebook, or on other popular social networking websites… MySpace anyone? It seems that people are more keen to read about the dinner that they had, or the event they will be attending this weekend than reading beyond the lines of the person to whom they are communicating to.

As much as I appreciate and value the Internet and it’s tools of communication, but are we moving with time in losing our art and passion to communicate with others?

I’m also sure that people are more likely to use Facebook and Twitter to communicate to friends and Internet peers, than communicate with God during times of trial and temptation. It is sad, but I believe it is also true. How quick does it take to text someone and ask for help, as opposed to seeking the LORD and pouring out our heart? I’ve been in situations myself where I’ve either sent a text message, or posted a status update out of frustration or loneliness, but I overlook to turn to the LORD in simple prayer. Yes, even prayer is considered a form of communication, which I am sure we are forget how to pray, merely because of the distractions of the world.

Would you join with me in simple prayer, as we reignite the passion of God’s love in our hearts and to search Him in our days?

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. [For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.] Amen.

~Richard