Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3 John 1:2 (NRSV)
Friends, I do indeed pray for you. Ministry is an incredible calling, and responsibility. Many of you have just led others through the seasons of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany and now are living in the season after Epiphany. We have before us the realities of what it means that God has come to live with us and among us.
Some people make resolutions at the beginning of each new year. At the reading of this, some of those deeply held hopes may be in full swing, while others may have been quickly forgotten. Some of the resolutions may be about better health, changes of actions or beliefs, or revived opportunities to fulfill something that God has placed on your heart.
Amidst all of this, my prayer for you is in line with this scripture from 3 John 1:2, as I believe that bodily health is intricately connected with soul health. This year, with the help of God, I pray that your soul will be well. That does not mean that things will all be easy, smooth, perfect, or just as you hoped. Life is sometimes dreadfully difficult. What I do pray for you is that in the midst of what is before you, you will allow God to enter in to guide your heart, mind, soul, and strength.
Grace and peace, Rev. Shelly Petz
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