August 26, 2019
Prayers for the Journey
We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers...knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen.
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4
As you read this, my second-to-youngest child will be starting college. He'll be far away from me, and believe me, I'm probably praying. Right now.
It's not that I'm new at this. He's the fourth one I've sent off, with one more to go in a few years. Each of them have taken very different journeys, journeys that have taught me quite a bit as I've supported, listened and watched. Most fundamentally, I've learned that the journeys are theirs. These human beings are not my possessions. Like Paul writing to the Christians in Thessalonica, I know that these young people are loved by God for who they are. I know that they have been chosen by him. And like Paul, the best thing I can do for them--even if sometimes from a distance--is also the [i]only[/i] thing I can do, which is pray.
Loving God, I thank you for all the people in my life. Open them to your guidance on their journeys.
- Amy Welborn
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8-10|Psalm 149:1-6, 9|Matthew 23:13-22