Today's Lectionary Text
2 Timothy 4:6-8
As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come.
These words from 2 Timothy are the moving testimony at the end of Paul’s life. Paul, who traveled all over Europe and Asia to spread the news about Christ’s love to non-Jews and wrote to the many communities he started in letters we still read today. In his writings he reminded the communities of God’s love and grace of Jesus Christ.
We hear these words today as Paul reflects on his life -- like a eulogy at the funeral of a great leader. These words give us admiration of a life well lived, the memory to live from, and the inspiration to live a good life in the future. These metaphors of a life well lived echo in funerals and reflections at end of life times … fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith.
These metaphors can inspire us today as people who seek to be faithful. To keep going and to be able to do the next faithful step each day.
In the earliest Methodist class meetings, people shared their experiences of where they saw God at work, how it is with soul and gave testimony to how God continues to work with such honesty and awareness of God’s grace.
Today, you may be in a season where you can echo the beautiful words of Paul – where you feel you are “poured out as a libation” – a drink offering over the altar. Take heart. In this season, be inspired anew today to hear God’s grace for you. Take a moment to notice God’s grace for you no matter what and give testimony to the way God’s at work in your life and keep going. May you be encouraged as we continue Christ’s and Paul’s mission today.
--Rev. Nicole Conard
Campus Ministry and Young Adult Coordinator
Prayer for Reflection
O God, who listens to us when we pray. Fill us anew with your Spirit. Help us to run the race with perseverance, keep the faith and share your unending love. In Jesus Name we Pray, Amen.
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