There is something special about the feel of paper in your hands as your read words written in ink from a person you love. Letters seem to speak louder and more clearly than other forms of communication. They endure time and resonate deep emotions (I still have love notes from Valerie dating back nearly 20 years ago) .
At different points in my life I have been moved by a letter.
A love letter from my fiancé.
A handwritten card from my mom.
An unexpected note from a friend.
Each of these correspondences has led me to experience powerful emotions and reassure me of simple truths.
The right words at just the right time.
Enter Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.
With pen and paper The Great Apostle writes a letter to some dear friends that resonates deep feeling and solid truth for where they found themselves – in life and the faith.
As you read his words it may be easy to miss the emotional connection and sincerity with which Paul must have written.
So imagine yourself in a similar situation. You find yourself exiled from your friends and family -far away from the comforts of the familiar. You have no means of communicating with those concerned about your well-being, except through… letters. So you take up pen and paper. And write. You write feverously to the ones who mean the most to you. Pen striking paper with quick and intentional strokes. But what do you say? With limited space and ink your words must cut to the heart of the matter and you must be clear about your message. So, you write from the heart: sincere sentiment and clear-as-day-truths.
This Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, the Portico Church will begin a teaching series entitled: “This, Not That: Living Life in the Rescue” which will examine the core of Paul’s letter to his friends while in prison. The message is simple yet profound. The letter is filled with contract: light and dark, abandon and adoption, this – not that. As we get started, you’re invited to open the letter before Sunday and read – experience the power of a letter for yourself.