Carol and I shared an interesting conversation about recent books we have read and our failure ever to write a thank-you for the joys/challenges that they have added to our lives. 'You never think to bother', she said.
This was triggered by an email redirected to me by a Scripture Union editor about my bible notes which emerged these last two weeks (for Encounter with God). She forwarded a note from someone who wanted me to know just how much my notes had helped him. I was thrilled as you can imagine.. His message shone like a beam right into my day and lit me up. I replied briefly to him expressing gratitude for the trouble he had taken. 'When you write in isolation it's rare to receive any feedback' I said. His reply revealed he was an Anglican church leader who had been reading Bible notes for the last 55 years. He confessed that only once before had he written thanks. He had never thought about the writer sitting so alone compared with public ministry when you can see what is happening (though you don't always receive encouragement!)
It really made me think about my failures to take the trouble to send out encouragement beams to others, especially if some extra effort is involved.