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Weekly Reflection

(09-16-2004)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Please read this passage in your Bible or follow it as a link: First Thessalonians 2:17-20

As I write these devotions I am camping on Cape Lookout, NC. I am utterly alone. I need the solitude so I can focus, pray and be attentive to the Spirit. I am staying Monday through Friday. Itís now Tuesday morning. The solitude is good, but as Friday approaches I will become excited because I am going home. Every time I leave for a trip, I am glad to go, but I am also glad to be home. My wife will be there to share the news of the week. My kids will ask me what I did the whole time. They will share with me what they did. The dogs will jump up and down and slap me with their tails in just the pure joy of the moment.

Paul tells us that the believers at Thessalonica will be his joy and glory when Christ returns. You would think that Jesus Christ coming in power would be his joy and glory, but that is not true for Paul. When Christ returns Paul will celebrate the community of faith gathered to meet Christ because it is the Church that Paul celebrates now. When Christ comes all will be made perfect including the Church, but through the Word of God, the sacraments, and the communion of the saints (all believers) our joy and glory is now as well as when Christ comes. Be active in community of faith. Get to know your sisters and brothers in Christ and come to love them so that when you are together they are your joy and glory.

Pray that Christ would strengthen all churches as we wait for the coming of Christ in glory.

Christís Peace,
Pastor Scott
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