Scripture: Colossians 1:1-14
Key verses: (3-4) In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints.
Reflection: “In our prayers for you, we always thank God!” Who are you thankful for? Perhaps you are thankful for the members of your family and the small acts of kindness that express their love. Perhaps you are thankful for your neighbors who wave to you on your daily walk. Perhaps you are thankful for teachers who have provided guidance and direction for you when you needed help. Perhaps you are thankful for classmates and co-workers who have partnered with you to do great work. Perhaps you are thankful for friends who have shared your laughter and your sorrow.
The letter to the Colossians opens in a traditional format of salutations and then a prayer of thanksgiving. The writer is thankful for the Christians who live in Colossae, for their faithfulness and for the love they have shown in community. The writer also prays for the Colossians, that they “may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” and then “lead lives worthy of the Lord.” The prayer shifts from gratitude to intercession, from thankfulness to spiritual hopes.
In this time when we are dealing with isolation, we might feel that our connections to one another are dampened and weakened. Let us remember that our connections might be physically distanced but still spiritually strong and vibrant. We have been given the gift of prayer, the opportunity to reflect with gratitude on those we love and the opportunity to pray for them and their well-being.
Mr. Rogers, the beloved host of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, began every day with a time of prayer, praying for individuals by name, from a list or journal he kept. Who are you going to pray for today, with gratitude and intercession? Who is on your prayer list? Your prayers will deepen your connection to God and to your loved ones even in this distanced time.
Prayer: In my prayers today, I am thankful for all the people who have shown me love, shared their faith with me, and taught me to live with wisdom and faithfulness. I pray for them now by name. Strengthen them as they face this day and equip them to follow Jesus where he leads. In his name I pray. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].