1 Thessalonians 5:5-11
You are all children of the light and children of the day; we don't belong to the darkness and night. So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be sober. Night is the time for sleep and the time for getting drunk.
But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
For God decided to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ and not to pour out His anger on us. He died for us so that we can live with Him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of His return. Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are already doing.
Whispers From God
I love you! Aren’t those special words? When you hear those words
from people who are important to you, doesn’t your spirit soar? When
you are walking through troubling times, those little words whispered
to you can change everything!
Who do you want to hear whispering those words to you? I wonder
who inmates would want to hear whispering “I love you?” Can you
imagine the Master of all life, the very creator of the universe, the
author of love itself, the one who existed before time, the one and only
God whispering those words to you? Think about that – the Holy
Creator of life itself wanting you to know that He loves you. You! Can
you imagine the impact it has on someone who hasn’t known love very
much to hear God whispering “I love you?”
God does that on a Kairos, you know. Oh, He uses His family to speak
the words. And their words may not literally be those three little
words. But there is no doubt that the inmate hears “I love you!”
On Sunday of the Kairos, the Table Family will participate in a prayer
circle. One by one, every family member will get a chance to stand
behind every member of the family, put their hands on the shoulders of
their family members, lean over and whisper a prayer for them. A
simple prayer. Short. Nothing fancy. But, oh - how profound.
The words express appreciation and affirmation. The words will bring
smiles. And the words will quickly slip from memory. But what won’t
be forgotten – never forgotten – is what the inmates heard in those
whispers from their family. They heard their Creator, their Lord
whisper “I love you.”
Imagine your teammates, sitting in a circle, and you go from person
to person, standing behind them, and coming over to whisper a short
word of love and affirmation. Imagine each team member.
What do you want to say to them on behalf of God?
What is God saying to me through this Word?
Who do I need to encourage on this team?
Prayer Focus: My Kairos teammates...
May we all have the strength and presence to encourage our brothers and sisters who are timid and unsure what to do.
May we have the patience to be tender in our care of the ones who are not at their best in the moment.
May we always strive to present life to everyone, regardless of their own behavior.
May we always be joyful, keeping our prayers as a part of all our activities, being sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
No matter what happens, let us always be thankful, for this is God's will for all of us who belong to Christ Jesus.