God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Cor. 7:6

Gracious Father, this picture of a disheartened, “out-of-gas” Paul, is actually quite encouraging. Thank you for reminding us even your most faithful servants get weary, spent, and needy. The Gospel frees us to be human—not Wonder Woman, Iron Man, or Captain America,. That’s good to know as we transition from Thanksgiving to the Christmas season.

And thank you for comforting us when we’re downcast. You don’t rebuke us; you renew us. For you are “the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3). We need both all the time, but especially in 2020.

Thank you for the comforters you send us. Though you’re quite capable of sending ravens, rainbows, manna—even miracles, most often you send a Titus (2 Cor. 7:6) or Phoebe (Rom. 16:1). Thank you for those kind of friends you’ve put in our lives. We can “buck-down” with them, because we feel no pressure to “buck-up.”

Father, help us be honest about our own “spent-ness,” and that of those around us. In the midst of COVID-protocol and political tensions, we’ve gotten disconnected from some of our Titus’s and Phoebe’s, and they from us. Please heal, and close those gaps with fresh grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ powerful and compassionate name.