'Letters from Dad' helps men share feelings

By: Stephanie Brletic Email
By: Stephanie Brletic Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- Expressing your feelings can be hard for anyone. For many men, this can be especially true. One local pastor is helping men share their feelings, one letter at a time.

"If this was your funeral, that you died, what would be left for people to know about you? What would people hold in their hands, what would they hold in their hearts? What kind of legacy would you leave behind? " says Rodney Sprayberry, pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Bonham.

Sprayberry wants to give men in Fannin County the writing skills to let their family know how they feel, saying life is fragile and can end anytime.

"All of us know the things that we should do, but we'll get to them tomorrow, or the next day, and the goal is to help the men realize we better do it now, because you might not have tomorrow."

Starting this Thursday, a group of 12 men will begin writing four very important letters. The first is to their children, the second is to their spouse, the third is to their parents and the last letter is what they want read at their funeral.

"I'm going to make sure that my kids have something different,” Sprayberry says. “I want to make sure my wife has something different. I want to make sure that when the time comes they can look back and see what I thought about them."

In the electronic age, Sprayberry says people rarely send written letters anymore. The handwritten, personal letter makes a strong impact.

"E-mails are fine, text messages are fine, but if you look back through and how do we know where all of the great men and women- we learn through their correspondence."

The content of the letters is the most important as the writing sessions will help the men put their thoughts on paper.

"You don't have to write 10 pages but, be short, and this is what you say in it, and it's introducing people to the power of letter writing."

Once the letters are written, the men will present them to their family. It's a letter from dad, opening the door of communication to the ones they love most.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Sherman Texas on Jan 21, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    I think this is wonderful and all people men and women should do this as well as brothers and sisters and writing the letter is more personal and you would have to give it to them right away you could put it in a safe place till time needed...thanks for the person who thought this up...
  • by J Location: Durant on Jan 21, 2008 at 04:07 AM
    I think this is a fine idea. I've been feeling led to do the same thing recently and now have my confirmation. The idea of four letters is something I never considered however, but now will. Thankyou Pastor for following the direction of the Holy Spirit in this and for being sensitive to the male heart. Best to you.
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