Even in the best of times, we humans crave community. For Lutheran Christians, it is part of our spiritual DNA. We want to be with and care for others. Living within the new realities wrought by a global pandemic, many of us now crave community more than ever. So, along the lines of everything-old-is new-again, how about a letter-writing project to sustain community?
Receiving a handwritten letter is so special, like receiving a gift.
Dear Friend in Christ is a simple project. You start by writing a letter using the salutation, “Dear Friend in Christ.” Fill a page or two, however you are inspired. Among other things, we invite you to share your thoughts about two questions: How is your faith in Jesus Christ sustaining you during the global pandemic? What words of encouragement can you offer the person who receives your letter?
When you write to Dear Friend in Christ, your letter will be swapped with a letter from another writer. They will get your letter; you will get their letter.
We began this letter-writing project back in May, but there’s still plenty of time for you to participate. Learn how at welca.org/dearfriend.
This message is an excerpt from “Grace notes: Dear Friend in Christ” by Linda Post Bushkofsky in the September 2020 issue of Gather magazine.