1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (The Message)
9 What would be an adequate thanksgiving to offer God for all the joy we experience before him because of you? 10 We do what we can, praying away, night and day, asking for the bonus of seeing your faces again and doing what we can to help when your faith falters. 11 May God our Father himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you! 12 And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you. 13 May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all his followers.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
This scripture was addressed to a small society of Christians. The writer encourages having faith and reminds us that we are always loved, especially when our lives seem to be unraveling. It promises hope to us when we radiate love and acceptance to all we encounter. It reiterates that we have a bright future to look forward to which is shaped by our actions and thoughts every day.
I’ve been attending adult gatherings the past few Sundays regarding the pending search process for a new permanent pastor. The invitation to our entire congregation (to become involved by providing input) has been publicized for about a month, and a poster board with sticky note pads has been set up in the church’s Fellowship Hall where you can post your comments as well. It is essential that we have as much involvement as we can so that we select the right pastor to fill our church’s needs.
We already know that living a believer-in-Christ-like existence isn’t easy. What is easy (for me) is being a part of a dedicated and loving community made up of various backgrounds who are determined to keep our church going. I encourage those who have not yet taken part, to do so; and we should continue to pray that as a group we listen to the Spirit as it guides us to becoming a thriving church community.
Loving God, help us by providing patience, guidance, and wisdom during our period of transition. Amen.