How to Write a Religious Thank-You Note

by Eliza Martinez

A thank-you note is an ideal way to express your gratitude for a gift or an act of kindness or particular service. Offering a thank-you message with religious undertones may be appreciated by someone who attends church, but it also can have meaning to someone who follows a different religion than you. There are different elements to consider when writing a thank-you note so as to make it meaningful to the recipient.

Find a card with a religious theme. For example, if you're sending the note to a Christian, choose one with a cross or religious figures on it. Retail stores sell these types of cards, but religious gift stores may carry a wider selection.

Start with a personalized greeting to express thoughtful sentiment. For example, write "Dear Aunt Jane" or "Greetings" at the top of your card.

Thank the recipient for the specific item or service for which you're expressing gratitude. Do this even if you don't like the gift because it's important to recognize the thought behind the gesture. Explain how the gift has been of use to you or how it has made you feel.

Add a religious element to the note. Write a verse from the Bible, Book of Mormon, Quran or Torah that corresponds with the religion of the recipient, if you know what the recipient practices. Choose a verse that discusses gratitude and happiness. Otherwise, include a general phrase with a religious tone. For example, write "God blessed me with a friend like you."

Close the note with a religious sentiment. For example, write "Blessings" or "God's blessings." Then sign or print your name.

Mail or hand-deliver your thank-you note within a week or two. Waiting too long could make the recipient feel like the gift was not appreciated. If you're sending out a mass group of notes, such as after a bridal shower, a month is appropriate.

Tip

  • If appropriate, include a picture of you with the gift. Add a photo of you wearing that soft, new sweater or eating a bowl of the homemade ice cream you received. Including a photo works well if the recipient is a relative or close friend.

Warning

  • Do not include religious verses if you don't know the meaning of the verses. You may offend or confuse your recipient.

About the Author

Eliza Martinez has written for print and online publications. She covers a variety of topics, including parenting, nutrition, mental health, gardening, food and crafts. Martinez holds a master's degree in psychology.

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