1 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. 

What is your heart’s greatest longing?

            When we read this intimate letter that was exchanged between dear friends, we see their longing for each other.  They find strength in one another.  Encouragement.  Together they share a deep well of love for their God, their anticipation of Christ’s return, and their profound commitment to prepare.  But there is a deeper current in which the hunger for our God  becomes an ache. 

What is your heart’s greatest longing?  For what do you yearn?

             In the stillness of the Advent wait, when we move away from the hustle of things that distract — the quiet finds us.  Our hearts release and swell and we are bathed in bliss.  It is the one communion that fills our deepest longing. 

Lord Jesus, clear the way for our hearts to open.  

Rev. Sarah Webb,  Wheeling, WV

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