Because of expected ice storm on Sunday January 9, only 8:30 worship will take place onsite.

December 21, 2023

A Pastoral Word. . .Special Delivery

Pastor Kevin Freeman

December 21, 2023
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During the sermon this past Sunday you may recall hearing about our United States Postal Service deliveries via mule to the Grand Canyon dwellers in Supai, AZ, six days a week. Those pack mules are quite the departure from the iconic, boxy trucks that we are used to seeing, but many other USPS mail delivery vehicles exist.

Magnolia Springs, AL, is home to a year-round water delivery route, serving 180 homes. A 15-foot aluminum boat makes the 31-mile trek daily to deliver mail to these customers.

Another boat route opens seasonally on Geneva Lake, WI. This one employs “mail jumpers,” who must leap onto the docks from a moving boat for a quick mail exchange before vaulting again into the boat.

Sticking to the north, snowy states like Minnesota or even Alaska receive mail by snowmobile. Decades earlier, some of these places saw mail carriers outfit their Model-T’s with the “Snowbird” attachment. Two sets of rear tires received treads like those on a tank, while snow skis replaced the front wheels.

Before there was E-mail, there was V-mail. Victory Mail sent letters to soldiers on the front during World War II by shrinking images of each letter onto film and then developing them as pictures when they arrived. 1,600 letters could be stored on a roll of film, saving valuable shipping space and expenses.

Other delivery vehicles have included pneumatic tubes crisscrossing cities underground, three-wheeled “Mailsters,” delivery by Segway, missile mail (which may bring back memories of your old Rocket Mail e-mail account), and various robotic attempts.

But no delivery method can match what our God delivered to us: Himself. The incarnation of Jesus celebrates the Word of God becoming flesh and dwelling among us.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. - Isaiah 9:6 NIV

Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” - Matthew 1:23 NLT

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:16 NASB95

What a delivery! As you marvel on God’s wondrous delivery, consider that He has called you to be a special delivery to others. Paul reminded the Corinthian believers of this:

And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts. - 2Corinthians 3:3 ESV

Whom can you deliver God’s message of hope to this season?

Your partner in ministry,
Kevin Freeman
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