The Name on the Envelope


Today I received a letter. Scrawled across the front of the envelope in the large print of a 5-year-old, was the word, “Grandma,” with my address printed below.  The smile on my face spread wide even as my heart melted.

It didn’t matter what was in the envelope. I had received the gift of a long-distance hug from a little girls whose love — so deep, so innocent, and so uncontainable—spilled over to an envelope with a single word, “Grandma.”

I receive a variety of mail. Some addressed to “Resident,” “Occupant,” “Ms.,” and some include my first and last name. Much of it is impersonal and mass generated; but here was an envelope declaring a relationship. Through the sprawling, penciled letters, love is proclaimed. The innocent love of a child reaches across time and distance with a name, “Grandma.”

I desire to have this kind of relationship with my heavenly father. Jesus called out, “Abba, Father.” I can call my heavenly father, “Lord,” “Savior,” and many other worthy names; but sometimes I just need to call him, “Daddy” and know that I can crawl into his lap and be held tight and loved.

photos at Glen

photos at Glen

Have you ever desired that? You can also experience that special touch of love. For just a minute, stop what you’re doing. Take a deep breath—no, a BIGGER one. Now, call to your heavenly father, using whatever word comes from your heart. See yourself crawling into the lap of the Father who can hold us all. Feel his arms around you…Relax! He’s got you.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself”
(Jeremiah 31:3).

For a moment, let his unending, unfailing love pour over you, fill you, and reassure you.

130402Shan-Meg-041A little girl’s envelope reveals a love worth protecting and nurturing, and it encourages a step towards another love waiting and longing. I encourage you to take a step closer to your heavenly father. Go as a child loved. Go to the One who has an abundance to give. Go to the One who longs to wrap his arms around you and hear you call him by name.

Let him do the thing he does best—love you.

(reposted from former blog site, originally posted March 19, 2014)