Message in a Bottle
The act of flinging a corked bottle containing a message into the jostling sea is a profoundly sacred act. Akin to prayer, this gesture of hope is similar the modern Jews’ practice of pressing carefully scribed requests into the Wailing Wall. With the anticipation that accompanies a seed pushed into loamy soil, one question lingers: Will someone answer?
Ask and it will be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. (Matt. 7:7 NIV)
When I was nine, my family and I were invited to spend Labor Day picnicking aboard our neighbor’s speedboat. While reading one of my girlhood novels, I’d been charmed by the idea of sending a note in a bottle. Filled with childlike optimism, I seized the opportunity to try it myself.
So I carefully wrapped a friendly note in plastic saran wrap. Then I slipped my message into an empty bottle of 7-Up. After squeezing a cork into the opening, I crumpled a wad of aluminum foil over the top. Finally, I wrapped the whole assembly with countless yards of cellophane tape. I tucked my emerald green treasure into our family’s canvas tote bag―alongside our tuna sandwiches, potato chips, and sunscreen... Read the rest of the story here.
Many thanks to Bonnie at Macro Moments for jogging my memory of these events. Want to launch your own bottled message? Click here for cool and creative wedding and party invitations, baby announcements, and do-it-yourself kits. For some online fun, Oceangram offers a free electronic version.
Have you ever launched a message in a bottle? Do you know someone who has?
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