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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Christmas Cards (11/06/08)

TITLE: Junk Mail to Holy Kiss
By Esther Phillips
11/13/08


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The mail truck comes every day to my house and fills my mailbox. They deliver catalogs I’ve never ordered, invitations to events I don’t care to attend, discount cards for purchases of things I don’t use, and monthly statements for my billing commitments. Is it any wonder then that I love the Christmas season when the daily mail includes greeting cards?

Each card comes addressed to me personally. It doesn’t say “recipient” or some other impersonal name.

I excitedly open each card and admire the choice of card this person made. They fill my heart with pictures. Some will be of the manger scene, the angels, the wise men, or something else that we connect to the day Jesus was born. Other cards are of Santa and his reindeer or a beautiful snowy Christmas scene. Still others are of the Christmas tree and presents.

These cards come in sizes from little, simple cards to big elaborate cards and perhaps even with a bright shiny foil finish. Of course, size is not the important thing.

The important thing is the fact that someone stopped long enough to think of those who are important in their lives. They followed up those thoughts by buying cards. Then they spent their precious time preparing them. They addressed them, put stamps on them, and perhaps even wrote messages in them.

I have many friends that I have made over the years and Christmas very likely will be the only time I will hear from them until next season. It fills my soul and that is something I can’t say about the junk I find in my mailbox the rest of the year.

No matter what the greeting, each one is equally important in its ability to bring me joy. It reminds me of 1 Thessalonians 5:26 “Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss.” (NIV)


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Marlene Austin11/14/08
Excellent devotional thought on the importance of receiving Christmas cards. :)
Angela M. Baker-Bridge11/17/08
Your title really caught my attention!