This week I finally managed to get some parcels on their way back to the company that mailed them. The person responsible for the shipping label hadn't received the corrected address and Genevieve, our mail lady, lugged three heavy boxes down to the lodge at Christ Haven.
Mix ups can happen at the source, but more often it's in the middle. Someone may receive a letter that went astray and was delivered years later. All sorts of misunderstandings can arise if we assume a message was received and the response we expect doesn't come. Email or snail mail, we depend on the method of delivery working.
With the ease and speed of electronic communication, some folks have all but abandoned old-fashioned mail. I still love sending and receiving cards at Christmas and other special occasions. I treasure the bundle of Dad's letters my Mother saved, letters he sent from British Columbia to Ontario before they were married.
Even more, I am thankful for the letters shared and preserved through the centuries from the apostles, Paul, Peter, John and other men of God. These tell of God's love to us. It's so important that the one delivering the message gets it right. If that person does not grasp the meaning intended the recipient is given a false impression. Rather than enjoying each day knowing we are loved unconditionally, we may spend our lives religiously striving to please Father God who is already totally delighted with everyone who trusts in the the Lord Jesus as Saviour.
The Apostle John knew for sure that Father God is love and that He loves everyone. (I John 4:16) John wrote a clear message. Satan does what he can to mess with that truth. All over the world postal services do their best to deliver what they are trusted with accurately. Today each one of us who knows God and His love can do everything possible to share His Word accurately - no mix ups in our delivery.