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Topic: Postcards (08/29/05)
TITLE: Postage Due
By Robert Bronkhorst
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But my post card is something I see everyday. The post card I see is of the squirrels that have chosen the maple tree in my back yard as a place to live. The postcard I see is the birds as they diligently watch for the tiny, subtle movements of unseen insects in the grass. The post card I see is of the flowers as they reach upwards to the sky.
God gives us a new post card everyday. It is his reminder of all the wonders of the world that He has made for us to enjoy. I am thankful that I am given that opportunity to see the post cards He sends. Yet, as I sit here in the comfort of my home and look out the window, I ask myself why?
Why does my post card have peace and happiness when our neighbors in the Gulf States have death and destruction on their post cards? Why do I have all the goodness that God has created when Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama only have devastation? Why did God choose to bring that upon them? Why did God send them that post card?
Somehow, my own little piece of the world seems meaningless now. I can sit here in my house in a state faraway from all that despair and thank God that I wasn’t there, yet at the same time, feel guilty for saying that. I’m sure that most of the victims wished that they weren’t either.
Maybe God created hurricanes to show us humility. Maybe He created hurricanes to test our strength and belief. Maybe He sent us all this post card of destruction and despair so that it would be a reminder to all of us that we need to show compassion, hope and love. Maybe He wants us, the ones that weren’t there, to find a way to help out those that were. Maybe He wants us to show Him that we still have those feelings for each other.
I think maybe it's time that we all send Him a post card. It would be a refreshing change, don’t you think?
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