But the Lord is faithful and will give you strength and protect you from the evil one.
2 Thessalonians 3:3
The heart of this final chapter of Paul’s letter warns about being idle in life. Idleness tends to have us meddle in other’s business, for we are not busy about our own!
Take a moment to stop and place yourself at the end of your life, as one of those kings we are reading about in 2 Kings. What a tragedy to have the end of our lives described as: “He did evil in the sight of the Lord.” If there is one thing that is right next to evil itself, it is idleness and living without focus or meaning. So, stand before the Lord at the end of your life. What kind of life would you like to present to the Lord at the moment of your death? Get in touch with how that feels then, so that you can come back to the present moment and let yourself feel the energy of that NOW. Not being idle means acting according to gifts in life that God has given you, cooperating with God who wants to bring your life to a wonderful fullness.
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
You strengthen and protect me. v. 3
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
This is the eighth of thirteen weeks
in the season of Kingtomtide,
autumn in the north Year B.
Thursdays are dedicated to the New Testament, except the Gospels.
In this season we are reading 1st and 2nd Thessalonians.
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