love in a letter at Jacksonville Presbyterian ChurchLetters play a major role in our lives: love letters, letters of encouragement, critical letters, business letters, newsy Christmas letters. Letters give people a lift or a letdown. Letters may also bring a smile, even when written in all seriousness. I read of the wife and daughters of the brand new pastor who sat in the same pew each Sunday with a dignified elderly couple. After several weeks of exchanging nods and smiles but with no introductions, the pastor’s wife received this note from the elderly lady:

“My dear, I’ve enjoyed worshiping with you and your precious children. And, I want you to know I’ve been praying a special prayer that the father of these lovely children will agree to come to church with you some Sunday.”

The New Testament letters of Paul, Peter and John, serve as the inspired means though which we may discover who God is, what he has done for us through his Son, and how the new life in Christ is to be lived. These love letters from God tell us a love from which nothing can ever separate us.

During this holiday season of Thanksgiving, Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year, I propose that you write a letter to God. In other words, write God a “thank you” letter. Let your letter be motivated by what Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 8:9:

“Do you remember the generosity of Jesus Christ, the Lord of us all? He was rich beyond our telling, yet he became poor for our sakes so that his poverty might make you rich.”

Let us pray: Thank you God, for our lives, for your love, for our families, for your church, for our friends, and for your Son, our living and risen Lord. We pray in his name. Amen.

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Roger Kunkel

Daily Message Author: Roger Kunkel

(November 24, 1934 – June 29, 2011) Rev. Dr. Roger Kunkel was a native of Parsons, Kansas, graduated from Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, where he received an award for “Outstanding Student and Citizen”. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois, and went on to serve as Senior Pastor in Duluth, Minnesota, and Riverside, Illinois. He served as Chaplain of Heritage Park Rehab Center in Bradenton, Florida, after retiring from his pastorate at First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota in 1998.