Happy To Hear

February 16, 2016
by Brenda Wood

When my editor sent me a reminder of my writing obligations, he added this line. "I'd be happy to hear from you."

"Happy to hear from you": What a wonderful comment to hear. It got me wondering how often I say it to others.

I thought of my personal contact list and the number of months, even years, since we've spoken. Oh, sure, there are the obligatory Christmas cards. I signed my name at the bottom of the page, breathed a sigh of relief, and mailed that pile of stuff out. I should have saved myself the stamps.

When do we really talk to the folks who matter? Or will we just talk about them some time in the future, on that day when we gather at their funerals and commiserate with each other and complain about how we never see each other, except at funerals and weddings?

When it is our turn, who will talk about us, telling one another what a great person we were, and how sad it was that we'd lost touch?

"Of course, we always exchanged Christmas cards," they'd exclaim.

When the heavenly hosts greet us, will they be saying the same thing? "Too bad we lost touch … although, you know, we always sent Christ-mas cards."

We have the opportunity to make a difference in someone's life today — a phone call, an email, a visit. That someone will be happy to hear from us.

Why, we might even reply to that Christ-mas card we got a while ago!

Philippians 4:10 – I was made very happy in the Lord that now you have revived your interest in my welfare after so long a time; you were indeed thinking of me, but you had no opportunity to show it. (AMPC)

Prayer: Lord, we pray that our friends and relatives will forgive us for neglecting them, but especially, Lord, we beg Your forgiveness for neglecting You. Motivate us to pay more attention to them and to You. Amen.

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Brenda Wood <brenda.w@nextcom.ca>
Sandycove Acres, Innisfil, Ontario, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Convicted and found guilty.


    Great message Brenda a good heads up for me.


    Good Morning Brenda. Good Devotional. Thank you.


    Thanks Brenda for the reminder to keep in touch with family and friends. Blessings.


    Good reminder today Brenda.
    Blessings.


    Good one Brenda.
    I’d be happy to hear from you!


    Well, Brenda, I would say that today’s devotional is just about perfect!
    Thanks.


    Brenda, Thank you for writing this. Its wonderful to hear from you again and it always is. May “God” continue to help us stay in touch.


    Good thought for today Brenda,
    Keep writing,
    Blessings.


    My dear friend,
    I was Happy to Hear from you and the reminder to keep in touch with you and especially with God. God bless.


    Right on target with this devotional. I, like many others, are guilty of this very thing — just putting things off, and many times regretting it.
    I always like it when I see a devotional from you. It is short, concise and to the point, thank you.
    May God forgive us for the times we do not connect with Him when we should.


    We so often have good intention then get busy and another day goes by.
    Sad but true there are so many seniors who fell forgotten and a simple phone call would be treasured.
    It really is easy.
    Thanks.


    You’re starting to sound like me, my friend.
    Sort of like this poem that just hatched in my mind
    I went to see my friend today.He only lives across the way.
    Imagine how my face turned red when I heard old Jim was dead.
    Seems way out, but I wonder.


    Hi Brenda,
    Through my Pastoral volunteering I have the oppertunity to visit many people. Just last week I met a man at a funeral and he told me that he really wants to have a talk with me. A lady I know well was in the hospital for a week, I vsisted her twice, now she is home again and wants a visit. To tell you the truth, I sometimes run out of time and energy. Nevertheless I took note of your writings and will make an effort to do some more visiting this week.
    Thank you for writing, keep it up.


    How blessed I was by your devotional this morning. I lost my wife who had lived a fabulous life, remembering her friends from school years, and keeping in contact with them right up to the end. God took her home, and I sat by her bed thanking God for shortening her suffering. Knowing full well she was with her Lord, who she served from a child.
    How blessed I was to have walked with her in marriage.
    Thank you God for your unfailing Love and Faithfulness. We offer our prayers of thanks, in worship to you.
    Blessings are being prayed for you today. God’s rich blessings of grace will be poured on you because of God’s unfailing love.
    HR>
    Good morning to you Brenda on this wintry Wednesday.
    Blessings

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