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“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you harmony…” (Rom. 15:5)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing…” (Rom. 15:13)

“May the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” (Rom. 15:33)

 

Gracious Father, your Word never ceases to astonish and nourish us, and cause things to flourish. We don’t have to guess what you’re like, for in the Scriptures you reveal yourself most clearly. You are so much bigger and better than we can possibly imagine. In this one chapter of 1169 in the Bible, you tell us you are…

  “The God of endurance and encouragement.” Father, we need an ample supply of each. The recent years have been marked with threatening scenarios, stressful circumstances, and much divisiveness. We need harmony, not just in our singing, but in our living. Humble and gentle us. May we overflow with encouragement for the common good.

  The God of hope.” Post-Ian, Semi-post Covid, and Pre-Whatever’s in front of us, we need the living, sure, anchor-for-our-souls hope you give us in the Gospel. In a world of fragility, antipathy, and uncertainty, fill our hearts with a clear vision of you sitting joyfully and fully engaged on your occupied throne. Hallelujah, you are God, and nothing and no one else is.

The God of peace.” Father, we have peace with you because you made peace with us by Jesus. You cannot love us more, and you won’t love us less. May your peace rule in our hearts—shrinking our fears, toppling our idols, intensifying our joy. Grace-fuel our commitment to live and love to your glory, until the Day of all things new. So Very Amen.

 

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