28th February

Janice Venables and Verity Jane – Two People Use the Postal Service to Strengthen Friendship and Connections.

Verity Jane is going to put something in the post every day of lent. A postcard to a friend, a letter, a gift….

Three of these parcels contain home made brownies. What a lovely way to send gifts!

Janice Venables has been using the post all through the year to strengthen an old friendship. She writes:

“An old friend rang me at the beginning of Lockdown One to ask if I could send her a particular weekly article from the newspaper as she would not be able to get out to buy her paper, whereas ours arrived as usual. From then on we started a weekly correspondence, newspaper cuttings from me, and magazine articles, postcards from her travels and anything she thought might be of interest from her. This has given us both something to look forward to each week, the challenge of finding interesting things to send, comments on what we sent, and something outside the worries of the pandemic to entertain us. It has deepened a long-standing friendship, and helped us to support each other at this most difficult time. An unexpected bonus to lighten the gloom!”

Bible verse

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

(Proverbs 18:24, NIV)

And a poem on friendships:

Friendship is a priceless gift
That can’t be bought or sold,
But its value is far greater
Than a mountain made of gold

For gold is cold and lifeless,
It cannot see or hear,
And in your times of trouble,
It is powerless to cheer.

It has no ears to listen
No heart to understand.
It cannot bring you comfort
Or reach out a helping hand.

So when you ask God for a gift,
Be thankful that he sends,
Not diamonds, pearls, or riches,
But the love of a real, true friend.

Helen Steiner Rice