Friends in Christ
How wonderful it is to look closely and see the goodness of God. Sometimes God gives us the chance to look at nature closely when we take a walk or sit by the window, and be filled with His peace. This week God gave me the chance to see His goodness by looking closely at His Word.
This passage starts “But we ought always to thank God for you…” (2:13). The first time I read that I skipped right over these familiar words of Paul’s. He does that; thanks God for his brothers and sisters in Christ. However I then read the passage in the paraphrase version The Message, and that verse starts, …”we’ve got our hands full continually thanking God for you, our good friends.”
I love it! We are used to the idea of having our hands full. Our days are full of having our hands full; work, preparing food, doing laundry, cleaning. But to think that we have been given so many blessings from God, especially in the form of friends in God, that we have our hands full thanking Him for these friends.
I then began to think back over the years, to all my friends in God. I see that each one was chosen specifically by God to be a gift to me. Now I really have my hands full. I think of my parents who brought me to God, to the elderly lady who was my Sunday School teacher, to my youth ministers and pastors, to the Christians I met on mission trips who opened my eyes to see God anew. I think of you. I pray for a wonderful Christmas for you who have caused me to have my hands full.