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We have guests attending our church every weekend. Some of them from the invitation of a friend and some of them just because they decided on Saturday night to get up the next morning and find a church.

For a little while now, I’ve made an effort to send each of these families a handwritten card that lets them know how thankful we are that they worshipped with us, asks specifically about how the morning went for their kids, and gives my contact information so that I can help them get more involved with the church.

I send multiple cards every week, and I pray that each one will encourage the family to continue making church a part of their week. In the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten to see the power of a handwritten note.

On Sunday, I watched a family checking in their kids at our Welcome Desk. As I overheard their name, I immediately recognized it as one of the handwritten cards from the previous week. I introduced myself to the family and before I could say anything more than my name, the wife turned to her husband and said, “He’s the one that wrote that handwritten card!”

I laughed and said, “Yes, that was me. I try to make contact with every family by sending a little note.” And as if I hadn’t heard her the first time, she said with even more emphasis, “And it was handwritten!”

I walked with the family to their child’s class, and then we went separate ways. But that brief conversation reminded me that there is power in taking the time to write a handwritten note.

Everybody gets emails. Most people send and receive multiple text messages a day. But when is the last time you went to the mailbox and got a handwritten note? In a digital world, the handwritten note is such a powerful tool to convey interest and value.

The interesting thing about this conversation is I’ve had the exact same conversation at least half a dozen times in the last few months. Over and over again, this simple note sparks a conversation, a relationship, and opportunity to help families grow in their understanding of who Jesus is and what He has done for them.

Take some time this week and write a card to someone! A family member, a volunteer in your ministry, or a family that visited on Sunday—they all would love to open the mailbox and see their name scribbled in ink from the pen you’re holding.

7 years ago today, the doors of the chapel opened and in walked the most beautiful bride ever. I can remember being overwhelmed by her. Her beauty, her gentle spirit, her compassion, and her friendship. It was a flood of emotions that made me proud to be her husband.

For the last 7 years, I’ve felt that same feeling every single day. Next to my salvation, she is without a doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me. She is best biggest encourager, my strongest confidant, and my best friend.

Life has had ups and downs in the last 7 years. We’ve moved…several times. I’ve had weird illnesses…several times. We welcomed Maggie into the world and into our family. We met many friends that made a difference in our lives.

Through all 7 years, our love has gotten stronger. My prayer is that it continues to grow stronger and stronger in the years to come!

Dana, I love you.