July 14th – Friday

Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. – Psalm 62:8

On this day in 1845, the first provisional stamp was released in New York by Postmaster Robert H. Morris. This promoted the prepayment of mail during the period prior to the U.S. issuing the national use of postage stamps. The Postal Reform Act had gone into effect two weeks before. Another law, passed in March of that year, intended to standardize mail rates across the nation due to inconsistent postal fees from various regions, which made the cost of mailing letters and parcels unpredictable. With standardized rates now configured, the New York Post Office was the first to set a standard rate in the form of a provisional stamp. Other municipalities soon followed suit. Two years later, the U.S. introduced its national stamps. Pray for the postmaster and postal service workers as they seek to update the carrier vehicle fleet.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • For Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to seek God’s wisdom as he heads the U.S. Postal Service.
  • For members of Congress as they oversee the budget of federal executive branches.
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