I Thessalonians 3:9-13
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith. Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
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Paul loved spending time face to face with people. As much as transportation and communication methods have dramatically changed, the power of the Good News becomes apparent when it is shared from one person to another. When we encounter one another we are aware of differences. We react to differences with distrust. Left to our own devices to make for peace, we try to ignore our differences when, in fact, those differences are important parts of how we live and define ourselves. What we most have in common is that we are all at the same time different and that we are all intolerant, envious and distrustful. Peace comes not from lip service to politeness or from the lack of civility. Where peace begins is accepting that we are unable to heal ourselves. We look to Jesus to teach us how to see the differences and increase our love.
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ELOGOS Author's note: ELOGOS will take a break over Thanksgiving and return next Monday. I echo the words of Paul in saying to you, I cannot thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that I feel before our God because of you. May you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving and I know we join together in praying for peace in fragile world. God's Peace, Deb Grant