Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Early in his letter to Christians at Ephesus, Paul thanks them. Nice thing to do. But why? What have the brothers and sisters done to earn Paul’s unceasing thanks? Paul tells them that he has heard of their faith and their love toward all the saints. And for that reason gives thanks for them.
That makes me wonder what people say about me when they are talking to other people. I can’t ever remember hearing about anybody talking about my faith. “That Jim Bricker, he sure is faithful.” Nope. Can’t say that rumor has ever gotten back to me. Love toward the saints at times, yep, that one could fly. I imagine that it is possible that you could hear about my love for folks.
Paul’s words today just make me pause for a bit. What do people say about me? If I’m remembered in anybody’s prayers is it in thanksgiving for my faith, for my love?
What do you think? How do people speak about you? Faith? Love? --Jim Bricker, Chaplain to Camp Mount Luther’s Summer Staff.
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