We are constantly praying for you for this: that our God will make you worthy of his calling and accomplish every good desire
and faithful work by his power.
2 Thessalonians 1:11
St. Paul is the great encourager. When his friends are down and enemies are being mean to them, Paul is right there to remind them that God is going to win out over all enemies and that they will be victors. Paul encourages them to hang on and be patient and do their “faithful deeds.”
Faithful deeds…that phrase lingers in my own mind and heart from this reading. What are the faithful deeds that you do that give you an inner strength in the face of rough times? Here are the seven basic ones that John Wesley, who renewed the life of Christians in the eighteenth century, offered to his Methodists. These are based on holy actions that came down even centuries before him. Here they are:
1) Public Worship; 2) Reading and sharing the Word of God; 3) Holy Communion; 4) Family and Private Prayer; 5) Searching the Scriptures; 6)Fasting or abstinence.
Talk about these holy habits with your family and see what you can all do practice them.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
Grace and peace from Jesus Christ v. 2
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the sixth of thirteen weeks
in the season of Kingtomtide,
autumn in the north Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
For the first six Thursdays, we read 1 Thessalonians.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…