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Lily Cathcart January 05, 2023 0 0
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Ephesians 3: 1-12 (NRSVA)

1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— 2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: 6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. 8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

 

Do you ever write letters? I used to, as a child I would write them for relatives and projects and then as a young adult I would write them in an attempt to seem romantic or grounded. My mum writes letters and my grandma wrote so many but me, not so much these days. I barely manage to write cards for all the appropriate occasions. Perhaps it is just not a letter writing time for me, there are other ways to communicate which work better for my speed and need in the moment.

All that being said I have letters that I treasure. Ones written by my relatives or friends, some no longer with us. Ones I keep because they are important or certify things about me. Letters are and I think might always be important. Something about words written by hand, words written with an intended reader.

Paul wrote to many people and communities, he wrote as he was with what he had at the time but he kept writing. And from those words we are able to glean so much of what life was for early Christians and what he felt God revealed to him through his turbulent life and ministry. Thank God for letters.

 

PRAYER:

 

Dear God of letters

Thank you that you give us the ability to communicate

Bless all those who write, deliver and read letters

Create in us a desire to open up to each other even across distances

Amen