Tonight I took a well-needed break with some good friends — my sisters in Christ. A little rejuvenation from an otherwise stressful week. And when I got home, the Bible opened here:
I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my heart, you who are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.
Paul took the words right out of my mouth.
I read these words and think of my friends. I give thanks to God for them. I need to do this more often. I am blessed with wonderful sisters and wonderful friends. I know that God works through them and I am confident that He has good plans in store for them. I hold them in my heart and pray that they will continue to grow in God’s love because when they grow, so do I. God knows that we need community. We need people. God reveals Himself and His love through others. I see God in my sisters. I feel God’s love through them. Together our faith is stronger. Together I feel closer to God.
Thank you God for the wonderful people you have placed in my life. Lord, bless them as you have blessed me with them. Help them to grow in your love. Help them to grow in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value. Help them follow the path to You.