Thanking God For You

Thanking God For You

07 December 2010

Today’s Reading: Colossians 1-4


Our prayers for you are always spilling over into thanksgivings. We can’t quit thanking God our Father and Jesus our Messiah for you! (Colossians 1:3 MSG)

Today the thing that caught my attention first was part of Paul’s greeting to the Christ-followers in Colosse: “We can’t quit thanking God for you!” Then I thought about the readings for the past few days as Paul wrote to his friends in…:

Philippi: Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. (Philippians 1:3 MSG)
Ephesus: I couldn’t stop thanking God for you—every time I prayed, I’d think of you and give thanks. (Ephesians 1:16 MSG)
Corinth: Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. (1 Corinthians 1:4 MSG)
Rome: I thank God through Jesus for every one of you. That’s first. People everywhere keep telling me about your lives of faith, and every time I hear them, I thank him. (Romans 1:8 MSG)

Paul loved these people deeply. God has given Jean and me the privilege of loving Christ-followers in a lot of places around the world. This morning I thought of friends in Jamaica, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Ghana, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, Canada, and I thanked God for them all. I thanked God for each one who came to mind. I remembered times we were serving Jesus together. I remembered our love and friendship for each other.

Then I thought about my friends and fellow Christ-followers here in the US and how much they mean to me. I’m wealthy beyond measure in the relationships God has given!


Father, I can’t stop thanking you for my friends around the world. Thank you for their friendship, their faith, their service, their sacrifice, and their influence. Bless them with all spiritual blessings and all natural blessings. Amen.

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