The last couple of days we’ve had some dear friends visiting us at the Bartel Mountain Cabin… You know the kind: You share values, experiences, and faith. These are the kind of friends you laugh with, cry with, and can have deep, authentic, unvarnished conversation with. They left early this morning… hated to see them go, and after they departed our hearts ached (and I even saw a tear or two)!
I got up early this morning before they left and had my usual time of “coffee with the Lord” during which I read the following passage. (It’s really a prayer and blessing!) As I read it, I thought… What a marvelous passage to share with our friends! … What a way to say goodby! … What a way to bless them! And that’s what I did during our breakfast before they left us…
And then it entered my mind to share it with you today; my “coffee with the Lord” friends! And so here it is… my blessing and prayer for you (from two different versions of the Bible… take you pick)!
“To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve you have for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (the English Standard Version)
“So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (the New Living Translation)
(2 Thessalonians 1:11–12)
So… God’s rich blessings on you today (and all that involves)!