Photo and Commentary ©2019 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, July 15, 2019
I recently saw this old mailbox that was being used as garden decor. It made me reflect on all the different ways we communicate.
I still remember when we got most of our news about distant friends and relatives via letter. Getting the mail was exciting because you never knew who you would get a letter from. I remember in academy, I would get the morning mail for the girls’ dormitory and the girls would basically blame me when they came in from class or work and there was nothing in their mailboxes! The ones who did get mail, thanked me profusely!
Now, basically the only things in my mailbox are bills and advertisements. Everybody now does most of their communicating electronically through their cell phones or computers – e-mails, texts, chats, tweets, calls and I’m sure that there are many more ways that I don’t use and don’t even know about!
One thing hasn’t changed, though, and that is how we communicate with God. Here are Jesus’ instructions on prayer:
“When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites. They love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners and pray so people will see them. I tell you the truth, they already have their full reward. When you pray, you should go into your room and close the door and pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you.
“And when you pray, don’t be like those people who don’t know God. They continue saying things that mean nothing, thinking that God will hear them because of their many words. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask him. So when you pray, you should pray like this:
‘Our Father in heaven,
may your name always be kept holy.
May your kingdom come
and what you want be done,
here on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us the food we need for each day.
Forgive us for our sins,
just as we have forgiven those who sinned against us.
And do not cause us to be tempted,
but save us from the Evil One.’ [The kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours forever. Amen.]
Matthew 6:5-13 (NCV)