Spiritual Director · June 8, 2015

Consider sending a note

Brothers and sisters in Christ:

I came into work today and there was a note attached to my keyboard that said “Blessings to you, Doug” and was a surprise! I love receiving notes/cards and I think you do also. In our overly electronic world we have lost the fine art of sending a hand written note or card to one another. Years ago I attended a workshop where it was suggested that we mail a card to someone we appreciate. Ever since that class I have loved sending cards, and I especially love to send cards for no occasion! I have to admit I don’t do it as often as I did when I was a Pastor of a local congregation but I still love to do it.

PALANCA is not just for the pilgrims on weekends, it is designed to uplift and encourage anyone. And when you send a card you are also encouraged. Prayerfully think about your Secretariat members or reunion group and send a card to whomever God brings to mind! You will not believe how the Spirit will work in this!

At the conference over the weekend one vender sold greeting cards she had made and decorated herself. They are beautiful and I bought a couple packages of her cards. She has a “funny” set of humorous cards with messages like:

“I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but then I turned myself around.”

“How beautiful it is to do nothing and then rest afterwards.”

“Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.”

“Laughter is the shortest route from adulthood to childhood.”

And the more inspirational:

“The fullness of joy is to behold God in everything.” –Julian of Norwich

Consider sending a note to someone this week just to tell them thanks or to appreciate them. You will be uplifted and they will as well. Let’s not forget God has sent us the greatest love letter ever in the Bible and it is for us that the Scripture can inspire and encourage. “All Scripture is from God and ….is useful for equipping all for good works.” (2 Tim. 3:16).


 Pastor Doug Givan

Staff Chaplain

Seton, Indy


“God’s glorious grace says: Throw guilt and anxiety overboard-draw the anchor-trim the sails-man the rudder-a strong gale of My Spirit is coming!”   -Charles Swindoll



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Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.