What would you think if you opened your mailbox and found a letter mailed over 100years ago? Sometimes things go astray in a spectacular fashion - the letter I read about was mailed 2 years before WW1!
Ona recent trip back to South Africa I took out my special box of precious letters from where it is tucked away on a shelf, waiting to be discovered by my children one day when I am gone:-) They reveal the longings of a couple growing in dreams and planning a future in spite of the challenges of a long-distance courtship. Best Beloved lived in Harare, Zimbabwe. I lived in Johannesburg, South Africa but Young Love made fun of the distance!
Those old letters reveal carefully chosen words as we walked into love, tip-toeing into revealing our hearts to each other. Who knows how our story would read now, had even one of those letters gone astray?l!
In today's digital world, where even searing emotion is often reduced to an emoji, I see how easy it is to become a shallow person with shallow responses, unable to find the words of healing and hope so many yearn for. Proverbs says: "Words fitly spoken are like apples of gold in pictures of silver." And Paul described us as "letters from Christ,...written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts."
My life - your life - is a letter meant to be read by others.
My words - your words - are a vital part of God's communication with this world.
My heart - your heart - is an ongoing revelation of the heart of God to everyone who is hurt, hopeless and in need of healing.
May our words be "apples of gold" and may our letter never go astray!