2 Timothy 1:1–7
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my beloved child: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I often give thanks to those in my life who have nurtured my faith. I don’t as often consider those to whom I am passing on my faith. It’s not that I don’t believe that is important, I very much do. It’s where I am most active in the church’s ministries. Occasionally though, I am reminded of the blessings of those whom I have watched grow in faith. My son Joshua taught me more about persevering in faith during difficult times than anyone else ever could. The youth who have asked me to be their mentors in Confirmation help me recognize how important the ministry of Christian education at Pilgrimage is. Watching Morgan and Hannah witness during this stewardship season is pure joy. Like Paul, I am grateful to God for the opportunity to see God’s light shine in the children and youth I have been privileged to know.
My prayer today is the chorus from a song by Steve Green.
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful, may the fire of our devotion light their way. may the footprints that we leave, lead them to believe, and the lives we live inspire them to obey. Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful. Amen.