Return from Dunkirk
Before most people had telephones, let alone email, the telegram was the nearest we had to instant communication. Few people under 30 will have ever seen one.
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In the dark days of the Second World War, the sight of a telegraph boy bringing a Post Office telegram up the path was feared, because so often it brought news of a serviceman missing in action or dead.
When Eric Skelding escaped from Dunkirk (with a large part of the British Army), he sent a telegram to his mother to say he was safe. "Some kind person in the Post Office wrote 'Good news' in pencil on the envelope. I have always been grateful to that unknown person," he said recently. His mother was saved from a fearful experience.
Many people fear to open a Bible, thinking that it is full of stories about a hard and frightening God. Or perhaps they think there is nothing
significant in it at all - an empty envelope. It is so easy to have a false image of God - maybe one that we received at school or home, or
sadly, even at a church.
If this is how you feel, imagine the words "good news" written on the cover of a Bible. For that is all that the word "gospel" means. Some
people describe the Bible as a series of love letters. For the good news is - that God loves you more than you can imagine, and has plans for your life better than you can begin to think! You and Jesus - it's a relationship. Of healing, of forgiveness with freedom from guilt and fear,
of new starts, of fun, of LIFE.