Morning Psalms 97; 145

First Reading Leviticus 25:35-55

Second Reading Colossians 1:9-14

Gospel Reading Matthew 13:1-16

Evening Psalms 124; 115


Colossians 1:9-14


9For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God. 11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


The Apostle Paul, writing from prison, encourages the church in Colossae. He has heard about their faith and the way they care for one another. The prayer underscores something we experience now—that even though we are a part, our connections remain important. The work of the church—all of our work—is love for one another. As such, we receive prayer and encouragement, and the ability to do all that we need in this time. We receive “strength, . . .  patience, . . .redemption.” Paul reminds the church of all they have received in their salvation, which is all that they need to face and trial. So, in the balance of things, no matter how tired or frustrated, no matter how lonely or dispirited, you have enough. Paul writes alone from prison—you can trust him.


Gracious God, we rest in the promise that you give, and the salvation that is the only thing to give relief. We thank you for what you have given—for your word of grace before us, your presence of love sustaining us, and your Spirit of hope who leads us into your house, no matter the challenges we face in the way. Help us to receive your promise with joy, and our lives with thanksgiving, in Jesus Christ. Amen.