All of these pictures are actual mail boxes. Around these parts, people like to prettify them. So I don't imagine anyone in our little valley will be pleased to hear about the latest news from the post office. They have fallen on hard times, what with e-mail, fax machines, Fed Ex, and UPS. They are losing more and more profit, and it is expected to drop by half in the next decade. So they want to cut out one working day and deliver mail only five days a week. They figure that being off on Saturday will save them over three billion dollars a year. But this requires approval from Congress, and Congress already turned it down once in 1983. They are saying that the worst part will be for the rural customers, who live far from post offices and depend on the mail every day for parts for farming equipment, medicines, and government checks. What is your opinion, do you care if you don't get mail on Saturday anymore? Who was the greatest letter writer in the world? Probably Paul, in his epistles of the New Testament. What is an epistle, and how is it different from a letter? An epistle is a long, formal, didactic letter, or one of the letters included as a book in the New Testament. And they really deliver every time.
"This man is my chosen instrument to carry my name before the Gentiles and their kings and before the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name." Acts 9:15
And so Paul did suffer, but he did it with an inner joy that God had given him, and along the way wrote some of the most beautiful and spirit given books of the entire bible. Books that are still being delivered and learned from not just five days of the week, but every day.