My mom and I had a funny relationship as a teenager. I loved her dearly, but I never knew how to show it.
She loved hugs. I didn’t. She expressed her love through field hockey to ballet shuttles, healthy dinners, and a clean home; acts of service, really. I am embarrassed to say that I rarely picked up a finger to help.
But one Christmas, I got it.
I knew that my mom responded to words. Bible verses, quotes from the pastor, music lyrics, lines in literature, funny sayings, my own writing, words of encouragement from each of our family members, etc.
And so I wrote. And I wrote. And I wrote. With my own hand on scrap pieces of paper, I wrote out 365 notes of encouragement. It took me forever, but it was my act of love.
And it was the best Christmas present I’ve ever given. I still remember how she opened it up and cried. And every day she told me how much it meant and cried some more. That would have been 20 something years ago.
Since then, 365 Days of Love has made a couple other appearances. We have given one to Paul’s dad (a pastor), his mom, and another to my mom last year. Thankfully, the computer does shorten the time it takes to make these, but it still is time consuming – personally selecting 365 quotes. However, I would do it all over again in an instant.
Especially to see those smiles. And to express love and encouragement each day for the next year.
365 Days of Love would be perfect for a loved one, a pastor, a missionary, military personnel far from home, a beloved teacher, a college student, a widow, someone battling an illness, a close friend. If making it with kids, allow them to decorate the bucket however they want. Older children can also help by finding quotes and cutting out the slips.
Let me know if you give this a try!