Give thanks for the faithful

Colossians 1:1-14

How often do you find yourself praying for someone? It is likely that you often pray for those who are sick, facing difficulties or for safe travels of a friend. But when you pray, how often do you give thanks for the faith of others?

As Paul begins his letter to the Colossians, he rejoices and gives thanks for the faithfulness of those to whom he proclaimed the Gospel. In fact, It would seem by the introduction to this letter that Paul continually leads his community in thankful prayer for the Colossians’ love and care for their neighbors. He praises God for the work of the Holy Spirit within their community and beyond. Such an example of faithfulness!

We all have persons in our life that have taught us the Christian faith. Our response ought to be as Paul’s. We should give thanks for their witness. We should rejoice that they are examples of Christian living we can imitate as we share our faith with those whom we meet.

And so, following Paul’s lead, I pray for the well-being of those who have taught me the faith and continue to be examples for me to follow. And I pray for all who read the words I share here, that they too might live lives of faith for the sake of their neighbor.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for the many people who have taught me the faith. May they continue in your peace and love. Amen.

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