Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice always,

pray without ceasing,

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus

for you.

 Do not quench the Spirit.

 Do not despise the words of prophets,

 but test everything; hold fast to what is good;

 abstain from every form of evil.

 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.


  From Rev. Del Parris, Lost Creek, WV

            As I read these words of Paul to the Thessalonians I am reminded of how important habits are to my daily life.  Of course there are helpful habits that I hope to maintain and unhealthy habits that I strive to break, but habits of all kinds set the direction of our lives.

            If we are to be directed toward receiving the gift of God in Christ, Paul offers us some of the “helpful” habits.  Developing the habits of prayer, of gratitude and joy in living, of being attentive to God’s spirit, and of being committed to what is right and good will go a long way in making sure that our hearts are open to the grace and love of God.

We await your coming with eager hearts, O God.  Give us grace and courage to live as those who know you and love you.


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