A Day At The Post Office

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
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Listen while you read: "There's A Song In The Air"1 (Lyrics)

2 Corinthians 13:11 – All that remains, my dear family, is this: celebrate, put everything in order, strengthen one another, think in the same way, be at peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (NTE)

Ephesians 4:2 – With complete humility and gentleness, with patience, putting up with one another in love. (TLV)

Ah, the post office, a place where we all have to go at Christmas, even if it is with a smashed-and-broken soul, as I had then. The loudspeaker was blaring a loop of hollow-eared music from which every smidgen of spirituality had been removed. According to my research on the Internet, however, carols originated in paganism. The research added a downer shot: Stonehenge in the snow. Carols as hymns of faith seemed to have been overlooked.

Those in the lineup ahead of me seemed to fit the requisite self-absorption, looking inward at lists of things undone. Up at the front, an immigrant family argued in broken English, while a bored clerk repeated, "Your parcel is too big. We can't handle it." Finally, a father and two sons lugged their oversized gift to one side, unwrapped it, and bent over the contents to see if anything could be left behind: neatly folded baby clothes, candy, toys, and decorations.

"Make it into smaller packages," called over one of the men watching from our lineup. Not understanding, the mother and father looked up blankly. A woman behind me promptly began to interpret in Spanish. Before they could reply, a second woman went to purchase wrapping paper and tape. Someone found a marking pen. People left their coveted places in line to help. In short order, the contents of their parcel emerged as four packages, neatly wrapped and addressed. Then the lineup parted to allow the family access back to the counter, where a grinning clerk gave everyone a thumbs up. This was one of many little acts of love that began to walk me back to faith.

I no longer heard the jokey loop of tunes about a man in a size 3x red suit, once a saint rather than a marketing opportunity. My heart began to fill with the invitation from an old hymn, for someone lost like me to return again to Bethlehem where a Man was being born whose love would change the world. How did I find the way back to faith when doubting would have been easier? It was love in the many small miracles like the one that I'd just seen happen.

Why is showing love important for all of us to do? Because someone like I was then, far away from hope, is out there, watching.

John 13:34-35 – I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other. (CEB)

Prayer: Dear Father God, forgive our wandering and going astray. Thank You for everlasting love, grace, and mercy, that we may return to faith, and through repentance, be restored to fellowship and Your everlasting love. Amen.

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Rose DeShaw <rise370@gmail.com>
Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Beautiful story, Rose.

    A beautiful devotional Rose. Thank you.

    Enjoyed your devotional! Thank you.
    Merry Christmas.

    What a joy to read and to remember. Thank you. May God bless you.

    Thank you, Rose, for sharing this heartwarming devotional with us. Blessings.

    Thank you always for your devotionals. What a lovely story! It strengthens my faith.

    What a sweet and encouraging story, Rose. A good example for how we can touch others.

    Great reminder, thank you Rose. May God bless you and your family during this Christmas Season!

    Beautiful dear Rose, beautiful.
    Stay well.

    What a beautiful story! How perfect to share this now when so many are feeling lonely and disheartened. Thank you, Rose.

    Once again you offer a practical life lesson encouraging each of us to reflect on the love our Lord has shown us! Stay well stay safe. Blessings.

    Such a beautiful demonstration of true compassion.
    Thank you for sharing, Rose.
    Sending very best wishes to you and your family, for a very special Christmas.
    Blessings to you,

    Hi Rose,
    It was nice to read your devotional this morning.
    We hope that the pandemic goes away, but so far, it’s still wishful thinking. But we have to have some hope!
    Take care of yourself, we will keep thinking of you and praying for you and your devotionals. Blessings.

    Thanks for this wonderful illustration of the goodness of people that can surface in times of need.
    I wonder where I would have been in this. A bystander? A participant? Every day brings opportunities for “random acts of kindness”, I hope I’ll be aware and act.
    Blessings on your day,

    Dear Rose,
    Thank you for this very heartwarming devotional. What a beautiful activity to witness, seeing people assisting to solve the problem this family was having rather than getting angry because they were being delayed in the post office lineup. Wonderful how God’s spirit was at work in that line-up.
    Blessings for these great devotionals you write.

    Rose, this is the loveliest devotional. It brought me to tears. Thank-you.

    Thank you, Rose, for that wonderful reminder of what Christmas really is. Oh, to see more of that.
    Blessings to you this Christmas!

    Wow. Praise God for your talent and willingness to share Jesus with your word and true stories of God’s Word working!!! This should be published. I may pass it out around western Canada.

    Good afternoon Rose,
    Good devotional yesterday. I can certainly relate to your statement about so called “Christmas songs” from which every bit of Christianity has been removed. It bothers me no end to tell you the truth.
    You describe the really kind situation which developed at the Post Office. Thank you for this good story.

    Wat a wonderful inspiring story.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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