Reading: May the Lord make you increase and abound in love
for one another and for all,
just as we have for you,
so as to strengthen your hearts,
to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father
at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. Amen. (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
Observation: I did a search for abounding in love this morning because my son was sitting on my lap while the in laws were leaving. He loves to watch the videos that I find for opening prayers at Religious Education and Youth Ministry meetings with the kids. We also just look at random videos of kitties or dogs that he loves as well. I guess the message that I am receiving this morning is the way to be abounding in love is to give the people around me what God is calling me to give them. The increase that I believe Paul is talking about in his letter to the Thessalonians is the joy that comes from following the Lord.
Personification: Joy Now that the extended family is out of my house, I feel like I am being called to share the fruit of joy with my family in a real way this morning and for the rest of my life. I guess I realize how good I have it to be surrounded by a family that shares my faith that we serve an awesome God. Don’t get me wrong, I know that we give each other reasons to have our doubts sometimes, but I believe that is not only a part of our humanity, it is also essential for faith to have those doubts.