Sometimes it’s sub-conscious, but the way we choose to address another person is often revealing of our true feelings towards them. A recent letter from my sponsored child confirmed this to me in such a wonderful way.
As the post falls through the letterbox, I reluctantly wander over to see what new bills have come my way. Imagine my joy when I see that simple white envelope with the blue Compassion UK stamp in the corner. I’m surprised by how excited I am to hear from our sponsored child, Nyrizanzayakira.
Dumping the bills on the side I race to open my letter. How is she? Is her family well? How is she finding school?
Her first words lift my spirit, “beloved sponsor”. How wonderful that she always addresses me this way! To some it may be nothing but to me it warms my heart.
See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:1 ESV
The definition of beloved means greatly loved or dear to the heart and here John tells us that we are all loved by God – wherever we live, whatever we have, we are all God’s children. What a wondrous truth!
She continues to tell me about how well she is doing at school, how she is trying so hard to do well – “her very best”. I so love reading her words, her news. Her few sentences are filled with the joy and desire for an education.
She tells me about her favourite food, such a simple dish to me but for her such a special treat.
Her family are all doing great and praising the Lord for all that they have. So thankful towards my family for the sponsorship yet they have given us all so much more. We are blessed to be part of their lives.
The letter is short and simple yet in my heart it is endless and special.
Each word lifts my spirit, knowing that even though miles separate us our love in the Lord brings us so close. We’re neighbours in Christ.
We are all His Beloved.
How does your sponsored child greet you in their letters? Does it encourage you? How do you address them?