photo copyright 2011 Guppydas Flickr

photo copyright 2011 Guppydas Flickr

“May the grace of the Lord, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all now and forever.” I’m used to hearing this in church.  Many weeks this is how Pastor Sean ends the service, sending us out into the world.

So I was a little surprised to read a very similar version in an e-mail. I’ve subscribed to Bible Gateway’s Verse of the Day.  I look for this email message daily because it’s amazing how often it’s just what I need.

What I didn’t realize was that this part of our worship service is based on a Bible verse, specifically 2 Corinthians 13:14.  In this chapter, Paul encourages the Corinthians to pull themselves through difficult times. Then he points out that he has been given the authority by God not to tear people down, but to build them up.

Times are tough.  But you can do it.

Build people up instead of tearing them down. Share with them the blessing of God. Imagine the reputation that the church and Christians would have if this was truly our focus.

Imagine it.  Come on, you can do it.  And, before you go?

“May the grace of the Lord, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all now and forever.”

–SueBE

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