“I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5)
I have not made it a habit to respond to each individual person when I get a notice that they have started following my blog. I do try to respond to each comment. But even if I do not reach out to each individual person, I am pleased and thankful each time someone new joins the group. From the first time you, beloved reader, read one of my posts the salutation of “beloved reader” includes you. Not because I know you but because you are beloved by God and by extension beloved by me. So I do thank God each time I remember you, beloved reader.
“I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to think this way about all of you, because you hold me in your heart. . . “ (Verses 6 to 7a)
I do not know, beloved reader, what you think of me except and beyond the moment you decided to follow my blog. It is the writer of Philippians who has made this assumption, and even then he means only those he is directly addressing. If/when this letter was passed around, he may not have know who they are. But the second part of verse does note this qualifier.
“ . . . for all of you share in God’s grace with me, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.” (Verse 7b)
The writer of Philippians (attributed by some to Paul) feels strongly the belief in a common God unites believers. And it is true; my assumption that by deciding to follow this blog you have found something here that feeds your soul and spirit. And that is enough for me to belief that your faith life encompasses belief in God.
“For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God (Verses 8-11)
I have deliberately placed this blessing and prayer from Paul (for that is what it is) on Saturday so that it might carry you into the second Sunday of Advent. Advent, in addition to preparation, is a time of anticipation of God’s blessing and gift to us. May you feel the blessing of God this season, and thank you beloved reader for deciding to read what I write. Shalom!