This weekend I had the privilege of visiting Covenant Pines Bible Camp in McGregor, MN with a colleague-friend of mine. We came together to share our hopes and dreams for ministry, ideas of ways we might partner, and take time to care for the other.
We discussed changes in our lives, the lives of friends and others; some of which served as great encouragement while others exasperated us. As we spent time in prayer and journaling she shared a portion of Scripture with me that has simply stuck with me….I’d like to share these verses (Colossians 1: 9-14) as presented in The Message with each of you:
Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to his will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making him proud of you as you work hard in his orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us.
God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He’s set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.
It is my prayer today that each of you would know you are greatly appreciated, invaluable to the work of the kingdom, created very good, and loved so very much.
May you find the “strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy”,