May 29, 2015

2 Timothy 4_7

2 Timothy 4:1-8

St. Paul’s words to young Timothy are filled with pathos and hope. He is near the end of his life and he knows it. However, Paul already desires to be with Jesus.

Think about this:
You’ll be home soon, too. You may not have noticed it,
but you are closer to home than ever before.
Each moment is a step taken. Each breath is a page turned.
Each day is a mile marked, a mountain climbed.
You are closer to home than you’ve ever been.
Before you know it, your appointed arrival time will come.

I was honored and privileged to be a Hospice Chaplin for six years. My patients became my teachers. They showed me faith. They shared their failures. They shared their hopes. And many died with me holding their hand.

Prayer: O Lord, support us all the day long of this troubled life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes and the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (1)

Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of  Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.

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(1) Lutheran Book of Worship; Augsburg Fortress Publishing: pg. 158.

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