Summary: Paul is sharing with his dear brothers and sister in Philippi three things that they need to be complete - 1. They need to learn how to CELEBRATE 2. They need to learn how to PRAY 3. They need to learn how to Think Straight
Title: P. S. - You Need These!
Paul is sharing with his dear brothers and sister in Philippi three things that they need to be complete -
1. They need to learn how to CELEBRATE
2. They need to learn how to PRAY
3. They need to learn how to Think Straight
Theme: These Three Things - Celebration/Prayer/Straight Thinking
Grace and peace from God our Father and from Jesus Christ who came to take away the sin of the world!
In the last few years we have witnessed the dying gasps of a once honored and treasured tradition in our country. That tradition being the sending and receiving of a personal handwritten letter. Today, the United States Postal Service delivers more junk mail than they do First Class mail. An overwhelmingly majority of people today choose to use an email or a text to do most of their interpersonal communication. It is estimated that over 200 billion emails are sent and/or received every day with nearly half of them being spam or what we could call junk emails. On top of that there are more than 15 billion text messages that are sent each and every day as well and none of that includes the billions of messages and or videos that are shared on Facebook , Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
So, it appears that we humans are communicating with one another but we are no longer using handwritten letters or notes to accomplish that task. Even those who do use personal handwritten letters over the years have reduced them down to one or two pages at most. Most personal handwritten letters are actually personal handwritten cards or notes. Believe it or not some 50 years ago the average handwritten letter was somewhere between 10 - 20 pages. Now, that is a lot of handwriting and a lot of pages. Much more than most people want to do today.
Many of us here this morning either have or may know someone who has a shoe box or some drawer that have some personal letters stored. However, if the current trend continues that too will become a thing of the past. And aside from a quick note or two through email or through a text deep and meaningful conversations will also be a thing of the past as well. We are rapidly becoming a society that attempts to communicate in 20 words or less or merely with an emogi or a giff.
Hopefully, we will see some type of renaissance of personal handwriting. It is difficult for a text or for an email to carry the emotions or the personality that one's handwriting does on a page or two of paper. Siobhan (shiv + awn) Philips is an associate professor of English at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and she believes that there is something very special about sending a personal handwritten note or letter:
"Words on paper bring something that one person has touched to the touch of another; they metonymically1 ( met' e nim'ik ally) figure the human body by transporting its combination of persistence and perishability".
In other words a handwritten letter has the ability to touch someone physically and emotionally in a way that a email, a text or a giff is unable. A letter is able to take on a sender's personality and personhood.