Good morning! I hope this day finds you and your family well, and I want you to know that you are in my prayers daily during this difficult time.
I invite you to take a few moments with me to reflect on today’s Upper Room Devotional below — as well as on the theology woven into “It is well with my soul.”
Special thanks to Peggy Graff and her guests for providing this uplifting and inspiring addition to us in her Hymn-a-Day May series. I pray that these paired daily selections will uplift your spirits and feed your soul as much as it does mine.
Colossians 3:15-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[a] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[b] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
What rules in your heart? Do you have a heart of peace? The words of Colossians challenge us do a heart of peace and a heart of thankfulness. And there is this admonition: “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. In the time and place in which this letter was written, what would it mean to do something in the name of the Lord Jesus? To do something in the name of someone would be to do it in the spirit in which the one named would do it. To do or say something in the name of someone would be to do or say what the other would do or say. So, the question to guide a follower of Jesus is what would Jesus say or do?
Thank you for sharing this early moment of your day with me, with God, and with the words and music that I hope you will carry with you throughout the coming day and night.
I am so grateful for you, for our church, and for the Love that will see us all through this very difficult time. Please stay safe and well and we’ll be together again in spirit tomorrow morning!
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster