Friday 3 December

Refreshment

Read Romans 15.30-33

“.. so that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed” (Rom.15.32)

Ministry takes its toll, even on an apostle of the spiritual stature of Paul: he needed, and was clearly always grateful for, the refreshment others brought him (see Philem.1.4-7): such refreshment is to be part of the mutual ministry of believers.

Who are the people whose presence invariably serves as a ‘tonic’ and refreshes you?

What is it about them that affords you such refreshment, and how may you best cultivate such qualities in your own heart and life?

Prayer: As the deer pants for streams of water, so pants my soul for You, O Lord. Thank You for those through whom You slake that thirst and help me to refresh others thus.