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Topic: MAIL (02/18/16)
TITLE: Ripple Effects!
By Caleb Cheong
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“Nowadays, people are just too busy to write. When we received your letter, we were so delighted that you took the time to write to us.”
Wow, I did not realize that my simple letter of appreciation could impact him and his family. I remember writing them a brief thank you letter, accompanied by a greeting card before we departed. In the note, I thanked him for giving us rides to different places in town, and his wife for going out of her way to serve my wife with cakes and fruit juice at a well-attended party for the dementia.
Since reading his comments, I was truly inspired to write warm letters of encouragement to friends. Recently, I wrote to a long-lost friend to find out how he was faring in life. He replied that he was struggling, and needed some financial help to tide him over. Having known him as a straight person, I decided to lend him some money as I did not wish to see him knocking on the door of a loan shark as an easy way out of his problems. In reply, I assured him of my prayers and hoped that we could meet and catch up once more.
Earlier on, Christine Caine in “Undaunted” spoke to me eloquently about forsaking the ninety-nine and go looking for the one that wandered off. (Matthew 18:12 and Luke 15:4). Could this friend be the 100th sheep the Shepherd was searching? I was greatly exercised about his financial straits. If I did not help him, he might think that God had abandoned him, or even worse for him to think that the Church had rejected him. So far, I have met several others who quit their church because they did not get the help they wanted. On my part, when God spoke to my heart so clearly, I had to act on it. Nevertheless, it was better to err on the right side
Shortly, he sent me another letter. His mail warmed my soul enormously. Not only did he thank me profoundly for the money, but also confided to me that he had married someone of another faith and had actually participated in their forms of worship to placate his in-laws. Suddenly, it hit me hard—it was a God’s moment for me. For more than twenty years, my friend had steered clear away from us, and now he was like a prodigal son making his way back to the fold. He also felt that God was pursuing him like a Divine Hound, biding him to return to the fold.
Now I realise the ripple effects of letter-writing. Not only has it provided me with a window on his spiritual state but also opened a line of communication between us. This experience has sparked my enthusiasm to write to others as a new, hidden ministry. Never will I know what joy can such a letter bring to the person!
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