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Dos and Don’ts Spiritual "Thank You" Cards
Avoid the use of email. As outlined by the Emily Post Institute, email may provide for the technical proffering of a thank you card, but it does so with a degree of remoteness that is not appropriate in this setting. After all, a christening is a deeply spiritual occasion and as such email simply does not do it justice.
Even if the handwritten or desktop published cards take longer to prepare, it is best to wait until you are ready to provide the tangible cards that the recipient may treasure. In addition, carefully choosing christening card messages ensures that the recipient will appreciate the spiritual meaning you send in addition to the artful display.
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Thank you messages to write in cards are easy to find. A quick note that memorializes a tangible gift, money or simply a person’s presence at the baptism is usually sufficient. The Bible verses underscore the occasion.
In Cards Addressed to the Believers Who Led You to Faith
- He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:16
- And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. Acts 22:16
Verses for Cards to Non-Believers
- Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:38
- Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. Acts 2:41
Verses Emphasizing Gratitude and Spiritual Living
- I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy. Philippians 1:3
- The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. Numbers 6:24
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Putting it Together
Bible verses for baptism thank you cards set the tone for the message you convey. A personalized few words of gratitude wrap it up. Whenever possible, be specific to mention any gift that was received or the guests a friend or family member brought to the occasion. Examples include:
- “Thank you for enriching my conversion with your thoughtful gift (presence)."
- “Thank you for supporting my decision to join the family of God."
- “Both your kind gift and joyful presence made me very happy."
Plan on writing thank you cards by hand or – if you prefer to use your desktop publishing setup – consider making photo thank you cards. Depictions could include images from your baptism, photos of your new church home or group photos including your spiritual family members.
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- Emily Post Institute. “Being Thankful: A Thank-You Note Q&A" at http://emilypost.com/communication-and-technology/notes-and-letters/99-thank-you-notes-to-send-or-not-to-send (accessed May 31, 2011)