Colossians 1:9-14, NRSV
9 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[d] will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 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. 11 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 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled[e] you[f] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
So, tonight this passage is hitting me in a way it and passages like it never have before. I feel no desire to do word studies or try to read the Greek here.
As I read this just now, I tried to imagine Paul (or maybe one of our mentors, or one of our brothers and sisters in the church) saying them to me. And I find I need to hear every single word of this passage. It’s a blessing, really. Paul is praying some pretty profound things for the church in Colossae. Tonight, I feel like someone is praying them for Stefanie and I. And I gotta tell you, we need it.
And all of a sudden, the God who stands behind and previous to the scriptures speaks through them. And the Word (Jesus) is pretty much what I think I needed to hear tonight.
Thanks be to God.