Letters to God is a movie about a young boy who has cancer. This young boy has a tremendous amount of faith as a Christian and writes "letters to God" about his day, his trials, or blessings. I saw this movie a couple years ago, and while it is pretty cheesy, it really affected me. I watched it with one of my guy friends at the time, and I ended up watching it a couple times alone close afterwards as well (to not be embarrassed by my tears). I loved the close relationship this little boy had with God, you could see it in the letters that he wrote.
Soon afterwards I started to write my own "letters to God" as part of my journal, though I only did it for about a month. I would address them as:
Dear Heavenly Father,
I would then tell Him about my day and the things that I have been struggling with, and just what is on my mind at that time. Even though I was not physically praying during this time, I knew that He was hearing me and listening to me. I was just reading back on these "letters" or "prayers" and I realize how strong of a relationship I started to have with our Father in Heaven just by writing down my thoughts addressed to Him. I would always end my letter as:
Your Daughter, Michelle
Looking back, I can see the personal relationship that I had with my Heavenly Father during that stage of my life. Though a lot of times I wrote about the stress and drama of friends, which now does not seem like a very big deal. It was a big deal at the time, and I know that He was listening.
I know that there are people out there who struggle with prayer, and feel like their thoughts get jumbled, and that they seem repetitive. I feel like this is an alternate way that may benefit those who struggle with prayer like me. I encourage my readers to take on this challenge with me, and also give me feedback as to how it went. I am going to make this my seven day challenge - and I will report and give feedback once the challenge is complete.