My thoughts (David Zier):
There is someone in my life that I do not see or talk to very often. We email occasionally, and we include each other in our prayers. This person has been an important part of my spiritual journey in the last few years, and has given me much encouragement and joy. This person seems to bring out gifts within me, and says things to encourage me even when I am not in a good place. The way they share their faith, even in the smallest of gestures, or the way they offer encouragement to me and others, is a blessing. God’s love pours out to overflowing. What a gift!
As I read this passage in Philemon, the words are something I feel for this person. When I think of all this person has done in my life, I give thanks to God for putting this person on my path. Seeing how they love and walk in faith is inspiring for me, and others, to be a better person, to follow Christ, and to continue on the path of discipleship.
Who is it that you wish to give thanks for during this season? Who has made a difference in your life and shown you deep love and faith that shows Christ?
Thought for the day: Reflect on the people that have shown you great love and faith, and remember to lift them up in gratitude and thanksgiving, and give thanks to God for the impact they have made on your life.
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