Amazing Postal Service

We came across this story some time back and thought the diligence of a postal worker should be acknowledged and shared:

newzealandsouthA parcel sent to a couple in New Zealand addressed only with “a farm, situated up a long driveway with cows, opposite a pub or thereabouts” has reached its rightful owners.

The parcel was initially received by a service center in the rural village of Cust in the South Island of New Zealand, located between Oxford and Rangiora. The center has a post office attached to it that services Cust’s 450 residents.

Manager of the Cust service center, Tammie McGrath, said it was custom to return mail that was not properly addressed to the sender. But she decided to attempt to find the cow-owning recipients of the parcel, posting an image of the package to Facebook. The only other clue on the parcel was that it was for ‘Kay and Philip’. “I could tell it had been written by an older person and I just thought, well, I’ll hang on to it for a couple of days before I send it back and see if I can find who it belongs to,” McGrath said.

“A couple of hours after I posted it on Facebook, a man came in and said, ‘I think we own this parcel.’ He gave me his details and said his name was Philip, and that while he didn’t live across from a pub, he lived down the road from one. He also showed me a card with a picture of his property on it, which showed a field with cows on it. He isn’t actually on Facebook, but people who know him who are on Facebook showed the post to him.”

It turned out the lady who sent the parcel was a woman in her 70s, Irene Meekings, who had visited Kay and Philip’s home a couple of times with her daughter-in-law for dinner. Though almost blind, Meekings likes to sew, and the package contained thank-you gifts of a handmade tea-towel and apron. “This little old lady went to all the trouble to send this package, and I am glad we were able to help her to get it to the right place,” McGrath said.

Other rural post offices also began sharing their obscure letter stories to the Cust service centre Facebook page. Melanie Dalton wrote: “We are rural post in Balclutha. We got a letter years ago asking for the letter to be delivered to ‘the old house with the pretty garden … across the road from the big white goat with one horn’.”

Thanks to the Guardian for the story.

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Quail Call

Today is just another day in the life of God’s People.  It may not be one you will enjoy…nor one that you hate…but it is just another day.  Think of it, if and I say IF we are what scholars call, “THE TERMINAL GENERATION”…WHICH MEANS THE LORD WILL RETURN IN OUR LIFETIME; then it is surely not just ANOTHER day!!  If you knew that was going to happen…how would your life change?  What would you say to your loved ones?  What would you say to co-workers?   What would you say to the barber…the grocery people…the cop who stops you for exceeding the speed limit???  Well, one day – that is exactly what will happen…are you ready?

Bob White

Quail Call

This Sunday will be communion time.  Many of you may know this time as “The Lord’s Supper”.  That works also!  This wonderful ceremony has lots of different ideas on how it is done…and lots of ideas on WHY it’s done.  At CHURCH ON THE ARROYO,  we celebrate it each time we have a holiday.  Since this (just past) is the 4th of July time, we will have it again.  Look, it won’t “Save” you…it won’t  cover your sin…it won’t make you perfect.  It is not magic!!  The ceremony…or event, if you will, is designed to get us closer to God.  It celebrates His Death, Burial and Resurrection… His Death!  It celebrates what He did for you and me.  Jesus held it the night before His arrest…the night before all His trouble began in Jerusalem.  If you have never celebrated this wonderful time, I feel for you. There is nothing like it…nothing even close.

Bob White

Quail Call

Wed. evening 6-27-2018.  Tonight will be the last Bible Study for the summer. We will return 8/8/18.  I intend to “bone up” on a few subjects I have been dying to bring as a study.  Among them is a historical (sort of) study of Jerusalem.  It became the capitol of Israel under King David, but before and after him the city had a rich and bloody history.  We will attempt to learn about that.  Another is the subject of suffering… namely, how can a loving God allow so much suffering yet maintain He loves us? Another is a full study of the book of Lamentations, and what it may mean to us today. See ya soon…

Bob White

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Randy Alcorn once wrote:  “I came to think that there is not a God who is actively involved with this world of pain and misery…if He is, why doesn’t He do something about it?”  He went on to try an answer: “What if God DID do something about it?  What if what He did was so great and unprecedented that it shoot the angelic realm’s foundation, and ripped the fabric of the universe itself?

A powerful moment came in the movie, PASSION OF CHRIST occurs when Jesus, overwhelmed with pain and exhaustion, lies on the ground as guards kick, mock, and spit on Him. A horrified woman, her hand outstretched, pleads, “Someone stop this!”

The great irony is that “Someone,” God’s Son, was doing something unspeakably great that required it NOT be stopped.  Had someone delivered Jesus from His suffering  that day, He could not have delivered us from ours.

Bob White

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Still on the subject of suffering and evil in our world…  The problem of evil is just this…WHY would a loving God allow evil to exist?  If you think it through, the problem of evil assumes that an all-powerful, all-good, and all-knowing God CANNOT have a good reasons for creating a universe in which evil and suffering exist.  While we may not understand why a good God would allow suffering…we can know that this knowledge merely establishes that if there is a God, we don’t know everything He knows. Why should this surprise us?  Still, evil does exist!! All this will culminate in one unmistakable fact (for us Christians at least):  GOD HAS A MORALLY SUFFICIENT REASON FOR PERMITTING EVIL…you may disagree with this but it is TRUTH for us!!

Bob White

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In my study on evil and suffering…I ran across something I want to share with you.  Many, many times I have heard people say..”Why would a loving God allow evil to exist?”  Can you think of a story – anywhere – that if you removed the “plot” it would be a better story?  Good stories…those that move you…are that good because there is a choice in the story of evil!  Remove all the evil from the world…all the way back.  Would mankind be better?  If no evil…no Jesus…no wonderful stories of good prevailing.  Matter of fact…NO GOOD!!  Would you like to live in a world where there was not, at least, the opportunity of free choice?  “Well, you say, “I want free choice but I just don’t want evil to exist”.  Oh yea, well if you couldn’t chose anything but good…that equates to NO choice!  God designed this world to afford you and I an opportunity to make the wrong choices so that when we make it right…we learn!

Bob White