Rain or Shine!

Sometime in my childhood I began associating the phrase “whether rain or shine” with the United states postal service. A Google search revealed the following Wikipedia entry on it:
“The United States Postal Service has no official creed or motto. The phrase most people associate with the USPS’s motto is written on New York’s James Farley Post Office, but it has no official status.” The inscription reads: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.[1] This phrase was a translation by Prof. George Herbert Palmer, Harvard University, from an ancient Greek work of Herodotus describing the Persian system of mounted postal carriers c. 500 B.C. The inscription was added to the building by William Mitchell Kendall of the architectural firm of McKim, Mead & White, the building’s architects. It derives from a quote from HerodotusHistories, referring to the courier service of the ancient Persian Empire:

It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.— Herodotus, Histories (8.98) (trans. A.D. Godley, 1924)”

These motos were meant to convey the determination and reliability of their respective delivery systems, to get written communications to their destinations. They seem fitting to describe the recent efforts of Topeka brethren in getting the gospel of Jesus Christ to people lost in sin, in need of a savior.

Here is what a member of the Topeka church wrote about their recent effort: “On a cold day on Feb. 13th, some members of the Lord’s church in Topeka met together for fellowship for breakfast at the building.  Afterwards 13 members broke up into teams to pass out door hangers in the neighborhood surrounding the building.  Around 50 homes received the door hangers with a greeting contact of at least three of those homes.  Fred/Helen, Peggy/Charlie, Gayla/Mary, Albert/David/Charles, and Brenda/Gordon went out in teams to distribute the information/invitation.  The congregation printed 500 of the hangers and the elders are encouraging members to distribute them in their own neighborhoods, and more will be distributed in the area surrounding the meeting place at another time, as there is more area to cover.”

Hearing reports of brethren with such intentionality and determination in getting the gospel message out to their community is joyful and motivating to me! Retiree and simi-retirees, full time employed, single and married, parents and children, working together, despite the weather’s cold temperatures, to share the glorious message of a Savior’ love with their community! Wonderful!

Let’s emulate their zeal! Let’s take the good news of Jesus death and resurrection to save all mankind to our communities in any and every way we can think of, whether rain or shine.

God bless you in your efforts. Keep thinking souls!

 

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