Mar. 18 – Monday                                         Read Colossians 1:9-17

For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers–all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

 

from David T. Chafin, Deputy Regional Minister

            What holds us together when things are falling apart?  We may want to trust our wits and skills, our ability to “play it cool.”  We want to hope that our education and experience will pull us through, and sometimes it does.  But when our resources fail, when our troubles are greater than our abilities to overcome them, there is Christ.

The “image of the invisible God,” the one who “holds all things together” can hold you together, too.  Spiritual wisdom and understanding that can bring us through the deepest spiritual waters, through the most trying of practical challenges – even what we might see as devastation – are prayed for by the writer for the Colossians, and even for us.  The prayer comes with the confidence that the God who “rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son” will also empower us to live lives that are both redeemed and redemptive in this world.

Hold me together, O Christ who binds all things as one!

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