Are you chewing the end of your pen and wondering what to write in your Christian greeting card, wishing you had a magic wand you could wave to write it for you? Well, we don't have a wand but we do have this useful list of ideas and inspiration to help you craft personal messages for friends and family who enjoy a strong Christian faith.
What to write in a Christmas Card
With over 65% of adult Americans identifying as Christian, the chances are that you know people who actually celebrate Christmas as the birthday of Jesus Christ and not just an opportunity to eat and drink to excess whilst opening a series of gifts.
If you know that the recipient of your Christmas card is a regular church-goer who might appreciate some acknowledgement of the religious aspects of this Christian holiday, you could try using one of the following to wish them a happy holiday season:
“May God's blessings be yours this Christmas.”
“Warmest wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Blessed New Year.”
“May God bless you and let this Christmas season bring comfort and joy to you and your family.”
“May Christmas’s magic bestowed on you all year long. Have a warm and merry Christmas.”
If you are not a Christian yourself, it may feel awkward – both for you and your Christian friends – for you to invoke a god you don’t believe in. You could compromise by opting for a card that has a religious image on the front or incorporates a Bible quote in the printed text. This lets your recipient know that you understand their Christian faith is important to them, without the need to handwrite a religious card message.
What to write in an Easter Card
For many people Easter is synonymous with chocolate eggs, the Easter Bunny, egg hunts and fluffy spring chicks. For many Christians it is a rather bitter-sweet occasion on which to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice God made in letting Jesus die on the cross to atone for the sins of mankind.
Ultimately it is a happy religious holiday, during which Christians celebrate the power of god’s love and the resurrection of Jesus, but you may want your card to reflect the more serious nature of a religious celebration of Easter, as opposed to a secular, confectionary-based one full of chocolate bunnies.
Here are a few examples of things you could say in your Easter greeting cards:
“I hope you have a wonderful time this Easter Sunday. May it be filled with family, friends and faith!”
“Sending you Easter blessings at this special time and wishing you a reflective, peaceful holiday.”
“May you be blessed with our Lord's love and peace this Easter.”
“In celebration of the resurrection of Christ Jesus, we wish you a year of joyful new beginnings.”
What to Write in a Thanksgiving Card
Few Americans turn down the opportunity to enjoy turkey and pumpkin pie during Thanksgiving, but many people also want to take the opportunity to thank God for a the blessings of the preceding year, which traditionally includes saying prayers thanks for the year’s harvest.
Here are a few ideas of things you could say in a card or note for someone who wants to uphold the religious traditions of Thanksgiving:
“Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate the blessings of the year and the joy we shared together. It is also a time to reflect on the failures and the lessons we learned throughout the year. It is time to be hopeful of abundant grace that we will receive in the days and years to come. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving.”
“When I think of all the things I am thankful for at this time, I am particularly grateful to have a wonderful person like you in my life. Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.”
You may want to use a quote from the Bible or from a famous historical figure for your card, for example:
“Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." Psalms 50:14-15
“Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.“ - E.P. Powell, author & journalist
Christian Rites of Passage
What to Write in a Christian Baptism Card
When parents decide to get their child baptized they are signalling their intention to raise that child in the Christian faith. When an adult decides to be baptized they are publicly proclaiming their decision to start a new life as a Christian.
When you write a card for the baptism of a baby or very young child, you decide whether to address the parents or to address the child themselves (in the expectation that the parents will keep the cards and share the messages with their child when they are older). Here are a few ideas of things you can say in each scenario:
When addressing the parents:
“What a joyful time! Sending you love and best wishes on the occasion of Noah’s baptism.”
“Sending warm wishes on Edward’s baptism day. We look forward to watching him grow and develop on his journey in faith.”
" Congratulations on this special day. A baptism is a joyous event for all your family and beloved friends. We send our very best wishes for a long and happy life of faith for baby William."
“Your baby’s baptism is such a special time. I’m honored that you invited me to share it with you and hope that we will be able to create many happy memories as we celebrate together.”
When addressing the individual being baptised:
"Congratulations on the day of your baptism. I look forward to being part of your life as you grow up, guided and supported by your Christian faith."
"Sending you very best wishes on the day of your baptism. May you enjoy a long and happy life in faith."
Bible verses to use in a baptism card:
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” —2 Corinthians 5:17
"We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life" - Romans 6:4
What to Write in a Christian Confirmation Card
For Christian denominations who practice infant baptism, the next religious right of passage is baptism confirmation. The equivalent of the Jewish Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, this usually takes place in early adolescence and is a seen as the sealing of the covenant made during baptism. Here are some ideas of things you could write in a confirmation card:
“Wishing you all of God’s blessings on this joyful day. Congratulations!”
"May you be blessed with the knowledge that you are never alone in life and that God will always be there to watch over you and guide you."
“I hope that you always find encouragement and strength through God. He has given you so much, and I hope that you continue to discover and develop those talents and abilities.”
What to Write in a Christian Wedding Card
Marriage is a universal celebration of a couple's love for one another and a wedding day sees them pledge to stay together for the rest of their lives. However, for many Christians, it is also a celebration of their faith. Their marriage ceremony is a public declaration of love and commitment, not only to each other, but also to God.
Here are our wedding card ideas for a Christian couple:
"Sending you prayers for unending love and happiness."
"May you have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope and the peace of His love on your wedding day and always."
"God bless you both on this day with a lifetime of shared love and joy."
Christian Wedding Card Quotes:
"Love is patient. Love is kind… Love never fails"– 1 Corinthians 13:4-13
"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18.
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