Happy Elevated Friday! Today we highlight a story of one man whose idea and efforts are helping people connect during these tough times. Performance artist Brandon Woolf, in New York City, recently had the idea to revive letter-writing as a meaningful form of connection. We all remember the letters we received from loved ones in life, and typically, have kept them and reread them often – something we do not do with texts and emails. In the last month, Brandon spent several days a week sitting out on the street with his typewriter and a sign saying, “Free Letter for Friends Feeling Blue.” He wrote 50 letters for passersby that were sure to cheer up each recipient. It’s a small thing, but a powerful reminder of how meaningful it can be to receive a real letter.
This has been an incredibly tough year for all, but for some, a completely devastating one. We’ve all tried to keep in contact with friends and loved ones, but reaching out in prayer – written prayer – to them is significantly different than telling someone you are praying for them over text, call, or email. To be able to hold, cherish, and re-read a written down prayer for someone can be even more powerful at times than pouring over countless Bible verses. It is personalized, connecting, and continually works to build the recipient up. Job in the Bible is someone who met devastation and suffered greatly. But the Bible says of Job, “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Today, regardless of how much you have struggled this year, write down a prayer for someone and mail it to them.
“And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” – Job 42:10 ESV