“I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:1-3
Yesterday afternoon (January 19) I watched the sunset. It was a chilly day, and as I watched the sun set on the day I gave thanks for the things I was able to accomplish, and commended to God the things that I would need to do tomorrow. I thought about the things that troubled me, and rejoiced at the things that had reminded me of God’s grace today. I prayed for people I knew were ill and needed healing. The day was drawing to a close and it would be time for rest.
And then it occurred to me, as I watched the sun set in Gloucester, somewhere in the world someone was watching this same sun rise to start a new day. I wondered if someone were watching the beautiful colors as they considered what would be required of them on their new day. What would be accomplished? What would need to be left undone? What troubled them on this new day? What brought them comfort as the sun rose higher in the sky? Who were on their prayer list? I felt a connection to other Christians all over this world. We watch God’s creation begin each day with spectacular colors and hope. We watch the day close with reminders that our God has been with us on this day and now is a time for Sabbath as we conclude another day given to us by God.
The Apostle Paul is writing to the Colossian Church and reminds them that he cares for them and is hoping that all readers of this letter will have a sense of unity and encouragement, with those who know him, and with those he can call brothers and sisters. The unity and encouragement is found in the love of Christ. Christ unites us, Christ binds us together in prayer and deed.
And so gentle reader, as you read this writing on January 20, know that we are not alone. Brothers and sisters pray for us as we pray for them. Today we will face challenges and celebrate joys. And we are a part of a global family watching sunsets and sunrises together and offering prayers to a loving God who hears our prayers and is with us. And His creation is good, and we are a part of that creation. A beautiful work united in love and offering Christ to His world.
PRAYER: Gracious God, thank you for the sunrises and the sunsets and everything in between. Thank you for the beauty of your creation and thank you for this day in which we can serve you by serving others as a united family in Christ. Awesome God we thank you! Amen.