“We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.” (Colossians 1:9-10 )
The last few days there has been some weighty contemplation going on in connection to these verses. And further back than that, there have been issues raised that scholars have struggled and pondered over. Since the beginning of the year the focus has been on peace and shalom, and how we can accomplish that on a daily basis. But before we can integrate peace and shalom into our lives, we have to come to understand what means for us. What will we have to change and what can stay the same?
When tackling large issues such as these, it is good to know that there is support from friends and family. And these verses from Colossians provide a good resting place to remember that, and a place to provide support to others who are also finding the faith journey challenging. So I invite you to do just what these verses are suggesting. Spend some time in prayer for those you know, and for yourself. And if you feel so led, share here the issues and concerns that you bring you to prayer. Where two or more are gathered, there is God. As one person writes, and another person reads, that is two and so God is there in our midst.
May you have in your life people who pray for you and who you pray for. And know this gentle reader; I pray for all of you, though you are nameless and faceless to me. But known by God. Selah!