Daily D – 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3
1 Thessalonians 1:2, 3 We always thank God for all of you., making mention of you constantly in our prayers. We recall, in the presence of our God and Father, your work produced by faith, your labor motivated by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (CSB)
Thanksgiving Day this year marked my parents’ sixty-first wedding anniversary. That’s a good long time. My bride and I will need another twenty-five years to make it that far.
Perseverance, endurance, patience, and kindness in abundance are required to produce that kind of staying power. They have bypassed many off-ramps to arrive where they are. What has kept them together has been much stronger than what threatened to tear them apart. For this, I am forever grateful.
Who are the marriage pacesetters for you? What couples do you know who have hung in there through thick or thin for decades? Let us give thanks for them today. Let us make an ever more resolute connection with those we live in deep and abiding relationship with.
Let us give thanks for love, real love, that goes the distance, that deepens by the day, that broadens over a lifetime, and that lifts us to new heights with every challenge overcome.-
I will give thanks for love that endures.
Our Father, thank you for husbands and wives who demonstrate deep devotion and determined staying power. Give us love that goes the distance. Teach us the beautiful blessing of enriching relationships. Amen.
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)