Family church in St Johns FLIt is interesting to me that the Apostle Paul almost always begins his letters with words of gratitude and encouragement. We read the refrains: I give thanks to God for you! Look at what God is doing for you and through you! You are chosen. You are loved!

It is also interesting to me that in the early church, not only did they write letters of encouragement – sometimes they actually sent people to visit others for that very purpose. At the end of Ephesians, Paul writes, “…Tychicus will tell you everything. He is a dear brother and a faithful minister in the Lord. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, to let you know how we are, and to encourage your hearts.”

Saint Paul took it a step further. He asked us to encourage one another. In 1 Thessalonians he writes, “For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that… we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”

In other words, we have so much in life to be thankful for, so much to live for. Don’t get stuck in a negative mode. Don’t go after each other. Instead, encourage. Build up!

Today, think about people in your life who could use a little encouragement; maybe someone who does a thankless job. Maybe someone who has been feeling down. Find a way to encourage them, and let God use you – even now to be a blessing.

Our prayer today was written by Rev. Roger Kunkle founder of my daily blog over at Dial Hope.

Let us pray:
God of love, flood our hearts and lives with the joy of your interior light, that we may be lighthouses to others. Through the grace of Jesus Christ. Amen.