Paul’s prayerful and thankful attitude meant that he also felt blessed and rewarded in his ministry for and with the Colossians. I, too, can recall many times I felt thankful and blessed in the midst of congregations I served.
In a congregation I served during the 70s, during the last worship service there, the youth I loved and with whom I ministered gave me a cassette tape of the songs the youth sang at banquets and at other times. The recording ended with a spoken prayer for me and is a paraphrase of verse 11. “May you always keep going no matter what happens, always filled with the joy of the Lord.”
The saying is certain: We are blessed to be a blessing. Saint Paul knew this. I also know this to be true. My desire is that you will also know this to be true in your life and service.
Gracious God, we pray that as we live our lives, we will see the face of Christ in all we meet and that all we meet will see the face of Christ in us. Then we will be blessed, and we will bless. Amen. — EAM