(Orange, Texas)


February 9, 2014

Love Letters from God

ORANGE — There is so much bad news. There has always been bad news, I am not naive, but technology has made our world infinitely smaller. Bad things happen around the world everyday. Some days I think that bad news travels faster than good news. Why is that?

For some reason people think they have a need to know. I know, I am writing in a newspaper, and bad news sells papers. But good news sells papers too.

I have a friend whose family has owned a newspaper over one hundred years. I had the occasion to drive the editor of that paper to a meeting. It was a sunny day so I took the Miata. She actually won a writing award with her story about my driving that day when I challenged a Corvette. I could of beaten him if she hadn’t screamed, “Oh my God, your not going to pass him are you?”

I think that people want to hear good news. That is why people go to church, to hear the best news available, that Jesus Christ offers each of us the most wonderful gift of life. That is the first part of the story. The second half is even better. After we have received him in our heart, we get to take part in his mission; namely we get to be reporters. I am not talking about the news reporters who show up at the scene of the accident to get the story. No, we get to be reporters of the good news. We are all reporters of the best love story ever told.

This month I am preaching a sermon series on the “Love Notes from God.” I am encouraging each member to send a note of love, care or appreciation to someone each day of the month. That is good news. It may be a note in the mail, an email or a post-it put on a windshield or a note on the napkin in your children’s lunchbox. The important thing is that we communicate love to one another. After all, that is the greatest commandment, Jesus said.

My wife and I have three pillows on our bed each of them has one word embroidered on it. One reads Hope another Joy and then the smallest one has a pocket with the word Love written on it. We take turns sending one another notes by placing them in the pocket of the pillow. I have kept each note she has left me. Try it, you will be blessed.  


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