Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Connections That Count...
Read Terry Mattingly's stirring and heart warming piece about an older woman who knew how to write letters. So that is what she did, writing personal letters to each college student to let them know that she was praying for them, wishing them the best as they searched for a college church and looking forward to seeing them at Thanksgiving and Christmas. According to church members, the “students sought her out and rushed to give her hugs and to say, ‘Thank you,’ whenever they came home,” said Kara E. Powell, who teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
Personal contact. You cannot beat it. Sticky people whose faith and encouragement stick with our youth shows its results in their stickiness to the Church and the faith. For all the active media ministries we might yearn for -- these kids responded most to an age old method of personal connection. I wish I had a hundred of them writing to the high school and college and young military and young married folk of my parish! I bet you do, too. Folks, this is reachable. We can do this. We can make a big difference in the lives of those most inclined to distance themselves from the Church and the faith. All it takes is commitment, some time, a heart willing to share, and some paper, pens, and postage stamps.