It’s Thursday morning and a quiet start to a new day. The heat is gone for awhile, and a slight breeze is coming in through the window above my desk. I hope your morning has started out as fair.
It’s a good time to be in the word, and I’m reading Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. This old letter was written to people struggling with forces hostile to the church. The letter praises them for not just receiving the Gospel, but also for becoming imitators of Christ and displaying the Christian virtues of faith, hope and love (Cf. 1:3). No wonder Paul was proud of this church.
Though this letter was written long ago, the same hostility is still alive today; a noisy outcry of people shouting for the son of God to be put to death. It was their struggle and it is ours.
I’m not Paul, but here is my letter to you saying, “I’m proud of you for you have received the Gospel message and become imitators of Christ in so many ways.”
A Proud Pastor,