Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Snail Mail and Post Offices Closing

Photo by Mary Vee

I received this thank you note in the mail.

Seriously, I had snail mail!!

I opened my mail box and inside I found something other than a bill. The little envelope had my name and had a return address from one of my readers on this blog.

Photo by Mary Vee

I tore open the seal, pulled out the card and read a handwritten message. This meant so much to me.

Admit it. When the rare moment comes, don't you get totally jazzed when you find a personal envelope address to you in your mailbox? Those personal messages come about as often as they did when the Pony Express first started.

Photo by Mary Vee

Our local post office is slated to close. Hubby and I live in a tiny rural community. We don't have a traffic light, store, or gas station. About the only business still open in the "downtown" is the post office. 

The decision hasn't been made how or who will deliver our mail. I'm still hoping for the post office motto: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." Please post office, don't forget us.

King Hezekiah received a special message. The prophet Isaiah visited the sick king and told him he would die in a few days. Hezekiah turned to his side and wept. He prayed to God reminding Him of the work that had been done to restore the people of Judah to a sincere and focused worship of the one true God. 

Isaiah had walked out of Hezekiah's chamber. On his walk, God gave him a new message to deliver to Hezekiah. Isaiah walked back to Hezekiah's chamber and said, "The Lord has heard your prayer and has seen your tears. You will be given fifteen more years. 

Hezekiah's sickness miraculously healed in a short time. He went to the temple to worship and give thanks to God.

Hezekiah received two messages from God in one day. One not so good and one very good.

Not so good messages are sometimes needed. I suppose they are like medicine. I much prefer to receive good messages, like the thank you note.

Here is your challenge today. Think of someone to send a snail mail note to. It doesn't have to be long. Even something with a few lines can really make someone happy. Go ahead. It doesn't cost much more than a few minutes time. Who will you send your note to?

I think I will send one to my mom.

Today's post has been brought to you by the one-word: Snailmailnotes


Unknown said...

Hi Mary Vee,
I loved reading your artical. I love to write and get snail mail also. I am going to write to a friend who use too go to our church. But they had to stop coming because it was to far and also because of there daughters health. I miss this family so much. So I'm going to send her some hibiscus pictures that I've taken recently with my camera. oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

Janice said...

Your post made me smile today. I think I will mail some Petsmart coupons to a friend who might need them. She does not get out much and snailmail brightens up her life.

Valri said...

I love snail mail! I love letters and cards! My mom is a writer...loves to write cards and letters. I learned that from her. She's almost 80 and still writes them....I do too! We both email too but there's just something about writing a card or letter and mailing it. I love going to the post office too. It's my daily "guilty pleasure" :) I love to see what the mail is! So sorry you are losing your post office. We live in a very small town too but so far we aren't losing ours!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Can you imagine being a fly on the wall at your friend's house when she gets the mail? I think you will more than make her day. I think you will make her month!
Great idea!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Mailing coupons is an excellent idea. I frequently get coupons I wouldn't need but can usually think of someone else who does. Love the idea, Janice!!

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks, Valri.
I guess I don't really mind. When yah live in the middle of nowhere it takes about the same amount of time to get to any somewhere. Hmmmm that sounded pretty good. I'm going to have to remember that.

Unknown said...

I sure hope that I will make her day. So sorry to hear about your post office being closed.

Mary Vee Writer said...

Thanks, Danie :)

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

I love snail mail. I recently started making painting envelopes...happy mail!!!! I am starting to send more and more. I love it. :)