Good Morning June 13

Personal letter writing is falling out of favor in our electronic era. Text messages and 140 character Tweets have taken their place, but it is not the same thing. I find it a sad loss because there is so little of one’s self shared in these quick bits of electronic information – as well as the loss of grammar, punctuation, etc. Thirteen of the book of our New Testament  are letters from a deeply caring and loving man, Paul, to people with whom he shared a personal relationship. Much of his own soul is in those letters, poured out for the good of those to whom he wrote. Ten of those letters begin with the greeting, “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Unfortunately, that would take up 50 of the 140 characters in a Tweet!) But look at the love and the desire for their good he conveys to them from the start. Maybe we should consider taking pen in hand to write a thoughtful letter to ones we care about. And there is nothing wrong with beginning with Paul’s greeting as our own.