1 Thessalonians 2: 9-13 (NRSV)
9 You remember our labor and toil, brothers and sisters; we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and God also, how pure, upright, and blameless our conduct was toward you believers. 11 As you know, we dealt with each one of you like a father with his children, 12 urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
13 We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
You and I have tremendous power.
We are able to speak
of the majesty of the universe.
We can transmit that knowledge to other people.
We live at the intersection of the divine and the ordinary.
We are able to express to one another how we are coming to understand God
the — creator — of — all.
We don’t have all the answers.
We don’t have most of them.
But we are learning how to ask the questions.
God’s intention for the universe is something we are given glimpses of.
We who bear God’s image can also bear God’s words
just as the saints have done before us and the saints will do after us.
Nobody can speak about God the way you can.
We all have a part to play.
You have an important contribution to make to a conversation that’s been going on for thousands of years.
Thank you Loving Creator God that you give us the means of knowing you
and relating you
and sharing you.
Guide us in being worthy of carrying your words,