It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Prayer of Thanksgiving, a Reflection on Colossians 1:1-6

When Paul wrote to the Colossians, he told them that he had been praying prayers of thanksgiving for what he had heard about them. He said that he was thankful for their faith in Christ and for the love they had for the ones known as saints. He told them that they had heard the gospel and that what they had heard had changed them and through them was changing others.
3In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, 5because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. You have heard of this hope before in the word of the truth, the gospel 6that has come to you. Just as it is bearing fruit and growing in the whole world, so it has been bearing fruit among yourselves from the day you heard it and truly comprehended the grace of God.

What they have heard, they are living out. How about your congregation? Could Paul write this letter to you?

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