“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” ( 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 [Emphasis mine] )
In the Christian life one is always growing and maturing. Sometimes that process calls on us to re-learn and re-commit ourselves to our faith and beliefs. And it is good to receive instruction, guidance and teachings from those who have gone before us. These we find in the third set of readings each week – the Epistles. Sometimes from the apostle Paul – because he wrote so many letters. But also from others of the disciples. Especially during this Advent season they call us to faith, and re-call us, and make us recall what our faith had been.
During Advent, while waiting to celebrate Jesus coming to us, we do not sit idle. But we grow and learn. So that when Jesus comes to us again, we are ready. This week’s Advent Epistle reading is a “love letter” from Paul; and a blessing from Paul. For all of us flaws, Paul knew how to speak/write a blessing. And what better to receive while we start to wait than a confirmation of our strength and determination in our Christian lives. It makes us want to do better, be better people and people of God.
Grace and peace to you, beloved reader, as we continue on in this first week of Advent. Selah!