Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Isn't email great?

Through email, I was able to communicate yesterday with friends from 4 time zones. Thanks to email, I've been able to maintain contact with one of my dearest friends, Rick Northen, who with his wife, Gail, is on a mission for Jesus in Cambodia. Because of email, we can send and receive messages instantly.

But when was the last time you wrote a letter? With a pen on paper, when was the last time you poured out your thoughts and feelings on paper for someone dear to you?


Much of the New Testament comes to us in the forms of letters. Paul was a prolific letter writer, sending correspondence to churches he had planted, and some he hadn't.

The theme of our Spiritual Growth Workshop this year is "Perfect in Christ" and is based on Paul's letter to the Colossians.

As I began to studying for my sermon this coming Sunday morning -- A Prelude to Perfection -- it struck me how technology has robbed us of the discipline of letter writing.

What Paul sent to those he loved in the Lord were not emails. They were letters.

Perhaps today you could find some time to sit down with pen and paper and revive the lost art of letter writing. You might find, as Paul so often did, the joy in sharing your heart with someone you love.