Reading: 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 (Click to read text)
Today's reading is just three verses and they are titled: Final Greetings and Benediction. That's it! Mind you, they are at the end Paul's second letter to the people of Corinth and it was another lengthy letter at that. They must have really needed help. Do you ever wonder how much longer he could have gone on and on but just had to stop somewhere?
I am reminded of the things I called out as my children went out the door for school every morning. After the hugs and I love yous, there were the last words of wise advice, "Do your best!" "Make good choices!" Learn from your mistakes!" Put your best foot forward!" Be a good friend and good helper!" Be a good listener and a good learner!" Oh, how I hoped it all sunk in, probably much like Paul hoped.
So, how does Paul wrap it up? What did he hope sunk in? Read it again and you've got to agree, what more do you need to hear? Words of living in agreement and peace and a reminder the God of love and peace is with you. Greet each other kindly and, last but not least (in fact, perhaps most!), Paul referenced the Trinity - Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit - grace, love and communion.
Yes, that just about covers it. Thanks be to God! --Ruth Gates, frequent Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
Closing Prayer: Turn Paul's final greeting and benediction to the people of Corinth into a prayer of your own.
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