SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019
Today, in Mercy, we have the beautiful letter from Paul to Timothy, filled with tenderness, encouragement, hope and the sweet suggestion of loving memories.
When we travel life’s road, what an indescribable blessing to have even one companion who loves us the way Paul loved Timothy — to care for our whole life, our whole soul, and our whole “forever”.
In his letter, Paul reveals that Timothy has been immensely blessed with such love. Timothy’s mother and grandmother, Eunice and Lois have already – for many years – tendered Timothy in the faith.
In this lovely letter, Paul notes that he prays for Timothy daily.
Do we pray for those who have blessed us and loved us in our lives? Do we tell them so, if they are living? Do we thank and remember them if they have gone home to God?
Paul closes this part of his letter with such beautiful words to Timothy:
For this reason,
I remind you to stir into flame
the gift of God that you have
through the laying on of my hands.
Many people have rested their hands on your spirit, on your heart. Be filled with love and gratitude for them today and everyday. For those who have done otherwise, forgive them and let them go.
I remember in a special way today my mother who died on this date thirty-one years ago. In a separate email, I share a poem I wrote after Mom’s death. It is a little sad in tone, but it may touch and help some of you, my readers, who are experiencing grief.
Stay with your grief, beloveds, long enough to find the blessing within it.
Some meditative music: for your remembering prayer: James Last – Coulin