How to Write a Religious Letter of Thanks

by Kate Bradley

Expressing gratitude for the actions of your brothers and sisters in religion is not only mannerly, it is also a way of connecting spiritually and honoring God. It may seem a tedious task, but don't be tempted to put it off. A religious thank-you note can communicate to the recipient that she is a valuable individual both in your eyes and God's.

Plan the Letter

Choose a recipient and check that you have her mailing address.

Determine exactly what you are thanking her for and why.

Jot down any inspirational sayings you would like to include.

Write

Handwrite your letter. Begin with a simple "Dear [recipient's name]."

Communicate your religious closeness. For example, "You have always been a spiritual sister to me"; or "Since I moved to this city, you have been a wonderful source of spiritual guidance and strength."

Be prayerful with your thanks. For example, "I thank God every day that you are in my life."

Thank the recipient directly. For example, "Thank you for volunteering at the bazaar last Saturday."

Reference the teachings of your religion as they relate to the recipient's action or gift. For example, "God tells us to serve one another, and your tireless service to our women's league is certainly pleasing to him."

Put the recipient's gift or action into context. For example, "Without your devotion, we never would have attracted so many donations that we can now use to extend our ministry."

Close your letter with a reiteration of your thanks and a religious sign-off. For example, "Thank you again for your service and dedication. Your Sister in God, [your name]."

Items you will need

  • Stationery or blank thank-you card
  • Envelope
  • Pen
  • Stamp (if you plan to mail it)

Tips

  • Be sincere but brief.
  • If the recipient is not Christian (or not of the same faith as you), refrain from references to and quotes from the Bible.

About the Author

Kate Bradley began writing professionally in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and a minor in German from Berry College in Rome, Ga; TEFL/TESOL certification from ITC International in Prague; and a Master of Arts in integrated global communication from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.

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