These days our mailbox often contains Christmas letters. In writing my own letter I think back on my year, on the blessings and tough times.
As I read today’s passage I think how this can be construed as a review of Paul’s year, of his blessings and the things he yearns for.
Paul thanks God for the fact of salvation. He encourages the believers to stand firm. He prays that God would comfort their hearts. A lot of people, in these times, could use God’s comfort. I know a lot of people who will be reading my Christmas letter went through hard times this year and I pray that God comforts them.
Paul’s yearning, the thing he asks for prayer for, is that God’s word would spread and be glorified. He doesn’t ask for anything for himself, he wants God to be glorified. He prays for protection from evil. But as soon as Paul mentions that, he adds that God is faithful to strengthen we believers.
What a benediction Paul prays on his friends. During this Advent season let us pray that we would likewise bless others.