“Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, ‘Oh, thank you God!’ I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other Christians. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it. Friend, you have no idea how good your love makes me feel, doubly so when I see your hospitality to fellow believers.” Philemon 4-7 (The Message)
I know that this letter by Paul was written to one specific person for a specific reason, but the opening to this letter caught my attention when I read it through this time. I thought about it in the context of my friendships, both online and nearby.
From my heart to yours: This is how I feel about you! You have given me much to thank God for, you have encouraged me, challenged me, and helped me along the path. Thank you.
(Stay tuned, there’s more about this on Thursday!)