Nine months ago, I boarded a plane to see my friend Charlotte.
I’ve known Charlotte for over ten years now. We’ve weathered middle school, high school, college, and post-grad life and been a constant in each other’s lives the whole way through.
But there was one thing that gave me a little trepidation as I waited at the airport: although Charlotte and I had been friends for over a decade, I had never actually met her in person.
|Charlotte and me at the rodeo in Houston last March|
We had both grown up reading Brio magazine, and at some point during our subscriptions, we had both decided to sign up for their pen pal program. In July 2003, a letter arrived in my mailbox from North Carolina. We’ve been trading letters ever since. That first letter – just one letter – changed my life.
I know I’m not the only one who delights in opening the mailbox to find an envelope with a handwritten address. I actually just got one from Cassie the other day, and as inconvenient as I find the location of the apartment complex mailboxes, my joy exceeded it a hundredfold when I saw her card.
Y’all know, and I know, letters will change your lives and brighten your days.
I was thrilled, then, when Hannah asked me to join in her 12 Days of Love Letters campaign. Every December, More Love Letters runs this initiative to speak love, joy, and peace into one person’s life each day for twelve straight. We already love our friends by dropping them handwritten cards and letters; today, let’s take the opportunity to love a stranger across the miles and through the post office. Her name is Jennifer.
Jennifer, and her husband, lost their one-month-old baby girl this past October. Her friend recalls warmly of a camping trip where they all shared laughs and dreams, and the making of “plans” to raise their babies together – “you know, simple things that we often take for granted in life like birthdays, BBQs, play dates and walks in the park.” Her passing happened so quickly and unexpectedly; it was found out that she had come down with a lung infection that subsequently caused her to stop breathing and eventually took her life. This was their first baby and she was so terribly loved and wanted; no parent can or wants to prepare for the loss of a child. Jennifer and her husband are on a new journey and path that they never planned for, and now more than ever, they need these words of encouragement, hopes for the future joys, love and just a warm heart to shine on theirs.
Let us be the ones to shine that light. Be the voice they need to hear, and send them the sweetest reminder that laughter, love, and purpose still exist.Mail letters to:Jennifer’s Bundlec/o Charissa2843 Scott St.Victoria, BC V8R 4J5Canada
When I first read this, my heart crashed. I have friends who have lost children, and it is the most heartbreaking experience I can imagine. Some of you remember when my friend Karen’s daughter Christy died, and some of you know Breena, who lost her son Zekey last winter. You know others who have lost children and maybe you are the one who lost a child.
Often, I have not known what to say. I only know that my heart aches sore and my tears are falling. Mourn with those who mourn… Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted (Romans 12:15b; Matthew 5:4).
So let’s mourn with Jennifer as she and her husband walk through this first Christmas without their firstborn, but let’s put pen to paper and do so actively. Because we know how hard this hurts, but we also know how letters change lives.
More Love Letters is a global organization using the power behind social media to write and mail love letters to strangers in need all over the world. The mission is simple: Love big. Love fast. Love hard. Get involved today.
The 12 Days of Love Letter Writing is MLL’s biggest + brightest campaign. In a nutshell: 12 days of letter requests. Lots of hot cocoa. A lot of good done. And bundles of hundreds of love letters dropped at strangers’ doorsteps.