Have you ever had one of those conversations in which you’re near the end of a visit together and there’s a thought that comes to your mind that you won’t see each other ever again? You know the kind I’m talking about? You make a journey to see someone and you feel that there’s a very good chance that you may never see that person or that place again. Up until that moment, the conversation has been light and easy. Then that new thought comes upon you and it’s a whole new realization.
At the moment you have that feeling, there’s a shift into conversing in a very intentional way. In your heart you know you are supposed to listen closely.
I’m reminded of my graduation from eighth grade. Up until that graduation, all of my education had happened in the same building. When the school year ended and the graduating eighth graders finished their classwork, the eighth graders were released earlier than all the other students in the lower grades. I can’t remember if it was just an hour or a day or two ahead of the other students, but the timing was such that it would mark our leaving, or matriculating, and moving on.
Those eighth graders who had been members of the Madrigal group were invited to a post graduation tradition. In the downstairs hall, closest to the Kindergarten room, an upright piano was rolled in, and our music teacher accompanied us while we sang, The Halls of Ivy. Isn’t it cool that, for those of us who spent our first 9 years of school in that building, we were singing right outside of the room where we had started our first days of Kindergarden.
I was pretty jazzed about graduating, but when we were singing I could see that the music director had tears rolling down her cheeks. And no, it wasn’t because of our singing. I suddenly realized that my life in grade school and junior high was now complete and there was no going back. Miss Groff gave me a hug and said I had been a joy to her and that she would miss me and she knew that I would do well in life. Then she left to go back to the music room and I left the school, heading for home, crying all the way.
16:10 If Timothy shows up, take good care of him. Make him feel completely at home among you. He works so hard for the Master, just as I do. 11 Don’t let anyone disparage him. After a while, send him on to me with your blessing. Tell him I’m expecting him, and any friends he has with him.
12 About our friend Apollos, I’ve done my best to get him to pay you a visit, but haven’t talked him into it yet. He doesn’t think this is the right time. But there will be a “right time.”
13 Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, 14 and love without stopping.
15 Would you do me a favor, friends, and give special recognition to the family of Stephanas? You know, they were among the first converts in Greece, and they’ve put themselves out, serving Christians ever since then. I want you to 16 honor and look up to people like that: companions and workers who show us how to do it, giving us something to aspire to.
17 I want you to know how delighted I am to have Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus here with me. They partially make up for your absence! 18 They’ve refreshed me by keeping me in touch with you. Be proud that you have people like this among you.
19 The churches here in western Asia send greetings.
Aquila, Priscilla, and the church that meets in their house say hello.
20 All the friends here say hello.
Pass the greetings around with holy embraces!
21 And I, Paul—in my own handwriting!—send you my regards.
22 If anyone won’t love the Master, throw him out. Make room for the Master!
23 Our Master Jesus has his arms wide open for you.
24 And I love all of you in the Messiah, in Jesus.
These are Paul’s ending words in his First Letter to the Corinthians. Paul told them to stand fast in the faith, to be brave with a sense of maturity. Paul’s command to do everything with love serves as a balance for all of these things. These are Paul’s words of parting.
When has it been time to move on to the next step, the next job, the next house, the next phase of your life? What things marked your leaving the old and beginning the new? What were some things people said to you as you were going to leave? Have a Day!
In Conversation with a child: Ask a child to tell you what they most want to do when they grow up
Prayers for our soldiers and others fighting for our country: Nick Steele, Sgt. Zach Fessler, Peter Davidson
Remember in Prayer: Jacob, Judy, Jay, Nilkanti, Earl, Bonnie, Becky, Kelly, Marj, Dan, Tama, Jan & family, Gene, John G., RZ & family, Bill’s family, Christina, Earl, Gillian, Loretta & family, Friend of Julie, Sue, Roger & family, Tanner, Pattie, Frank & Jean & family, Ginger, Todd & family, Carol, Judith, Lynn, Bonnie, Alan, Al’s family, Carol M., Diane’s family, Linda, Vivian, Ron, Sue, Janine, Leigh, Kristen, Summer, Graham, Kevin, Karen
Prayer Request: Please pray for Jacob who was stung by a bee and had an allergic reaction and was hospitalized.
And those experiencing loss – family & friends of: Karen, Bill, Dee, Cindy, Bernadette, Alice, Tom, Tony, Al, David Dale, Sr., Mary Scott, Don, Jim, Diane, David, Herm, Helen, Father Billy, Joe, Brian, Clarence, Mackenzie, Nate, Gertrude, Dion, Marshall
Prayer: O God, you are so good and we thank you for your love. Thank you for the times when we can really listen to the important words that others speak. Help us, O God, to speak the important things to others and not do as much small talk. Amen
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