14th February 2018

A Special Love Letter 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

I am currently reading a book by Bill Bryson, and just in case you don’t know, he is an American writer, born in Des Moines, Iowa but moved to the UK in 1977 with his English wife. After living here in North Yorkshire for twenty years, he and his wife decided to go back to the USA. The book is basically about the things he found difficult to deal with after being away from the United States for so long, and he compares both cultures in a very laid back and humorous way. He mentions how someone in America once sent a letter with the following address:
Hill
John
Mass
Which the postal service cleverly worked out as John Underhill, Andover, Mass—pretty good, eh? A bit of detective work by the employees there! But he also mentions Royal Mail as having delivered a letter to him posted from London addressed to: Bill Bryson, Writer, Yorkshire Dales, which he got two days after it was posted!

Got two questions—if Jesus wrote a letter to mankind, what kind of letter would it be? And more importantly, how would it be delivered? I’m convinced that the letter would be a love letter, a message of outgoing concern, and compassion, because he understands our humanity. It would also be a message of great joy; about getting together; about healing the rift—a letter of reconciliation! Reconciliation means to restore peace, friendship, and harmony. Hence his own words in Matthew 11:28, quoted above. He longs to have a special relationship with us, to be involved in our lives to help and serve us. That’s his special function today as he dwells with his Father as our Advocate, the one who pleads for us before God (1 John 2:1).

Notice where this letter from Jesus is now; “Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiselled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.” (2 Corinthians 3:3 MSG). Isn’t that amazing? And you know, something written by the Spirit is far more valuable and precious and permanent than any record written in ink or carved on stone. This beautiful love letter needs to pour forth from our Christian hearts with all its compassion and love, in a lifestyle that will be read by others. It really is a heart to heart message!

Prayer
Thank you, Lord, for granting us the privilege of delivering your special message to others as we go about our daily lives in your service.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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