I admire my friend Olive for so many reasons. I recently learned something new about her that increased my admiration even more.
Olive has established a sweet relationship with the grandfather of her son-in-law. This elderly gentlemen lives with Olive’s son-in-law’s parents. He is a widower and a retired minister. When Olive learned that he was organizing his many years of sermons, she asked him if he would send her copies. What a wonderful way to honor this man.
Olive lives in Ohio and the retired minister lives in Mississippi. These two people (who share a mutual love for Olive’s daughter and son-in-law and their children) now enjoy a long distance relationship as pen pals. Olive gains spiritual teaching from a wise man. That wise man experiences appreciation for his life’s work at a time when he could feel as if his useful service is all in the past.
When we were homeschooling our children, I looked for ways to make their language arts practical. One way was by encouraging them to write letters and send them by old-fashioned snail mail.
Many lonely people are even lonelier in these days when they are isolated because of health concerns. Some of them aren’t even able to connect electronically. I don’t want you to feel any more pressure than you already do. However, if you are looking for a way to make your children’s language arts practical, encouraging your children to connect with some of those lonely people could be a blessing both to your children and to the people who would benefit from their kind attention.
So, as those who have been chosen of God,
holy and beloved,
put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience . . .