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Letter #16 — Someone Who’s Not In Your Country

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”

“I can trust my friends. These people force me to examine, encourage me to grow.” 


Dear friend, 
     I remember you were excited about moving to a different country for over a year. I really enjoy the pictures and updates you’ve sent. The place you’ve seen and been able to go are really neat. I can’t wait to hear some of your stories in person! Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch, even though you’ve been so busy! You have challenged me in ways that I needed to be. You’ve also encouraged me more than you will ever know. I look forward to your emails while you are still gone. I can’t wait for the times when we can get together when you return to this country. Thank you for your true friendship. 
One Who Learns From You
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Letter #15 — The Person You Miss The Most

May 31, 2012 Leave a comment

“To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other’s hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.”

“I miss you when something really good happens, because you are the one I want to share it with. I miss you when something is troubling me, because you are the one who understands me so well. I miss you when I laugh and cry… because you are the one who makes my laughter grow and my tears disappear.” 


Brother Man, 
     The last time I saw you was over two years ago. That day was your wedding day. The day that you brought an older sister into the family. Since then, we’ve both grown up in some ways. The physical distance that separates us is large, but it hasn’t stopped you from being the guy that I can go to whenever I need to. Whether it is a message, a random comment, or talking your ear off on the phone, you’re always there. Thanks for taking the time to answer the questions, listen to the worries, and making me relax. You wouldn’t believe how excited I am that you are going to be visiting this summer with your wife, my big sis! 🙂 I’m looking forward to the late nights, the fun times, and introducing you to any of my friends that you don’t already know. 
Love you, 
The Girl That Is Blessed To Be Your Sister 
P.S. I’m proud of you. 
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Letter #14 — Someone You’ve Drifted Away From

May 29, 2012 Leave a comment

“Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend – or a meaningful day.” 


My friend, 
     I dare say we have gone in different directions, at least for now. We used to do and talk about basically everything together, but now we only bump into each other once in a while. We still visit sometimes and catch up with each other… It’s just not the same. Life has taken our stories onto paths that just don’t cross or join as often. Maybe as we grow older, we’ll hit another time in life when we are closer again, but it seems the way of life for friendships to grow and then wane and sometimes grow again as we go through different stages. Regardless, I have been blessed by your friendship.
     Your Friend
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Letter #13 — Memorial Day Thank You

May 28, 2012 Leave a comment

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13


     Today is Memorial Day, so I am changing my original plan for today’s letter. Instead, I want to thank those who have sacrificed to give me freedom. Some sacrifice their time and energy, others have given the ultimate gift… their lives. From the colonists on April 19th, 1775 to the soldiers who serve their country today, we must not forget.
“Posterity, you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it. If you do not, I shall repent in heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it.” – John Adams
     We must not forget and we must make good use of what these men and women have fought for.
With Gratitude,
One Who Remembers 
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Letter #12 — A Person Who Caused You Pain

May 27, 2012 Leave a comment

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.” – Psalm 46:1-3


     You were once a person that I worked with and did my best to encourage and guide. One day though, you told me that you didn’t trust me anymore, wouldn’t tell me why not, and weren’t going to talk to me. That was it. The last time either of us said anything to the other, except that somehow I ended up being on a list of yours whom you email a link to each of your new blog posts. I don’t think you realize that. Perhaps I should let you know next time.
     When you first told me that you didn’t trust me anymore, it hurt like crazy. I was rather confused, but then I heard some of what was being said. I don’t know why you believed what others said, I don’t even know all that I was being accused of. You never did man up and tell me. The bits that I heard were lies and several people would have been more than happy to tell you so, but you wouldn’t listen to that. To be honest, once I realized what you believed and who you had chosen to be your friends, I felt sorry for you.
     Though this may sound crazy, I want to thank you for growing me up a bit. For that first bit of time, I was learning how to work with and encourage someone. No, you weren’t the first or the last, but each of you have been special. I had the privilege to watch you grow and help that growth. When you decided not to trust me, it taught me even more. I had to get over the fact that there are people who won’t believe the truth, even when it stares them in the face. I learned what it is like to be lied about, but to have people rise to my defense in such a way that it isn’t even necessary to try to respond. I found what it was like to have true friends. Also, when what happened took place, several people (many of whom I did not know) encouraged me and told me of ways that my life had affected them. That was such a blessing! I did feel the pain, but I also felt an overwhelming comfort. When you don’t do something wrong, it makes it so much easier. 
     I want you to know that I am not angry with you. I know that it is sometimes easy to be mislead. I remember the time we knew each other as a growing experience. I enjoyed much of it. It was a time during which I learned a lot, but has not embittered me. It did not take long to heal from the brief pain and confusion. You did not take away my joy. I still love people and will do my best for them, even though some may turn out to be just like you. 
     I hope you and your family are doing well now. 
The One Who Grew From Being Hurt 
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Letter #11 — A Deceased Person You Wish You Could Talk To

May 26, 2012 Leave a comment


     You were around long before I was born. I wasn’t able to get to know you as much as I would have liked. I have memories of you and things that we did together. I wish I could still listen to your stories as you used to tell them. You still live on in your children and grandchildren. We still have the memories, even though we don’t have you. 
Miss you.
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

May 25, 2012 2 comments