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THOUGHT for the DAY.

Byline: Rev Harry Ross

I AM fascinated at the amount of interest engendered by the private letters of famous historical figures. Some people will pay a lot of money to own those lettters, as so often they provide a good insight into the private life of a particular person.

I wonder how much a collector would pay to own a private letter of Paul. I am sure that Paul would have sent many letters to private individuals and like the vast majority they would have been destroyed.

The only private Pauline letter still in existence is that to Philemon. It is therefore of unique value. I wonder whether its recipient, Philemon, or the subject of that letter, Onesimus, realised its worth and passed it on so that future generations could benefit from its grace, charm and moral teaching.

I wonder, too, why people neglect to read this little gem, for there is so much to gain from reading its 25 verses. The letter is of value, for it tells us a great deal about Paul, about Philemon and about Onesimus. In an age of junk mail when letters are consigned to the bin, why not take a little time to read this letter and consign it to your memory and your future conduct?

Rev Harry Ross, Vicar of St Luke, Walton
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 3, 2005
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