Someone wise once said to me, “There are no coincidences with God.” Over the years I’ve learned how true this statement is. God’s timing is perfect.
I recently had the pleasure of screening a back door pilot of a new series for the Hallmark Channel. Martha Williamson, the masterful story teller behind the heavenly Touched by an Angel, has returned to television with a brand new story that is sure to touch the hearts of all those who watch.
Signed, Sealed, Delivered is the story of four quirky but lovable characters that make up the Dead Letter Office of the US Postal Service. Sometimes letters have been so drastically altered (by weather, hungry dogs, or other uncontrollable factors) that it is almost impossible to see who the letters were originally addressed to. It’s the DLO’s job to decipher the clues and figure out who the addressees are and make sure they are delivered.
Each of the members of the Dead Letter Office are masters at what they do. They get the job done. And while the letters may have been delayed in arriving at their destination, they are always on time…God’s time.
Oliver, the eccentric director of the office, who never breaks the rules and has a penchant for yoo-hoos and a simpler time before modern communication, is played by the handsome Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty). His office runs quite efficiently until the arrival of the tech savvy, Shane, who is a nice contrast to Oliver and played by Kristin Booth (The Kennedys). The two are assisted by the intuitive oddball, Norman, and the sweet and lovely Rita and her photographic memory. Both parts are played endearingly by Geoff Gustafson and Crystal Lowe and the two have great comical timing. The quartet has great chemistry on screen as they solve the mysteries that the lost letters bring them.
While the story itself is well written and the acting solid, what makes the film special is the way that Williamson works in her themes of Faith, Hope, Love, Redemption, and of course the staple (as Touched by an Angel fans will remember) that God loves you and is working in your life. Oliver and his colleagues have a strong Faith in God and believe that each letter is delivered in God’s perfect timing.
Hallmark has plans to turn this film into a series and I couldn’t be happier to hear it! In this crazy and busy world, it’s easy to forget that God has a plan for our lives. This series will be a great and fun reminder to us all that God’s timing is perfect. And I would add that the timing of this Hallmark series is also…perfect.
Be sure to catch Signed, Sealed, Delivered on Saturday, October 12th on the Hallmark Channel!