Thought for the Day: First, I must say how much I enjoy finding this very practical sentence about not wishing to waste paper and ink. That aside, the author of 2 John (probably someone from the “Johannine” community, those who were influenced by the author of John’s Gospel) desires to meet in person so that their joy can be complete. The Greek word we translate as “complete” is where we get our English word plethora. It means to fill to the brim or even overflowing. I don’t mean to misuse these words of scripture, but I feel as if they could be rewritten for today:
I have a lot to tell you. I don’t want to use any more bandwidth or time on Zoom, but I hope to visit you and talk with you face-to-face, so that our joy can overflow.
I know you all are yearning for in person worship. I sure am! The day will come, and though we have found creative ways of meeting, I believe those first services post-pandemic will be filled with so much joy that it will be spilling out of the sanctuary and onto the streets.
Prayer: Provide us patience and peace as we travel life in a pandemic. Holy God, each day feels like the previous day, yet that is not entirely true. There is boredom that is followed with new and unexpected revelations. Through your Spirit, provide us hope for the day when we are able to come alongside each other in joyful worship. Amen.
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