Wednesday, November 30, 2016

epaphras

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Jesus Christ, greets you.  He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills.  Colossians 4:12

Epaphras, that's who did it, that is who sent the cards.

Ten years ago, when we were on our traumatic journey through the legal system with Teddy, we received literally hundreds of cards, emails, calls from folks from all over the world, speaking of their hopes, their loves, their concern for all of us.  All these messages meant so much to us. 

But each and every day without fail, one of the green cards showed up in our mailbox.  Cards which had a biblical verse of hope, of support, of encouragement, of compassion printed on them.  Cards which reminded us

   - that God always whispers grace and peace to us,
      even when we are too mad to talk with God;

  - that when we stand knee deep in despair, 
       we are not alone;

  - that when we are too exhausted to even get out of bed,
       someone else, somewhere, is lifting us to God. 

We never found out who sent those cards, we probably never will.  I simply call her or him Epaphras, that person who wrestled in prayer everyday on our behalf, so that we could stand when we fell down, so we could heal when we were most broken, so we could be assured that in everything, every moment, God was with us. 

Prayer:  Help us to be the Epaphras that another needs.  With a simple note, a card, we can remind others of your grace, your love, your life in them, Holy God, so they might continue to discover you in the silence, the pain, the grief, the questions of their lives.  Amen.

(c) 2016 Thom M. Shuman

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