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YOU’VE GOT MAIL!!!
“What a wonderful thing is the mail,” someone has said, “capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.” I remember the excitement of getting an “aerogram” from a grade-school pen pal in Sweden, or a letter from Mom when I was in college. How different from the instantaneous, typed emails we send today.
Can you imagine, then, how meaningful the letters of Paul, Peter and other apostles were to early Christians? Painstakingly handwritten, carefully delivered by a courier or friend—so different from media mail and even postal mail. Think how elated the recipients must have been to read warm greetings, news from afar, teachings, even reprimands—and then words such as these: “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus” (1 Corinthians 16:24, ESV).
The next time you read or hear a New Testament letter, imagine a time when such communication was rare and precious. Hear the writer’s words—which are also God’s words to you—from that perspective, and hold them fast. (Heidi Mann, NewsletterNewsletter, July 2018, by subscription)