Colossians 3:12-17 v 17 “ Everything you say or do should be in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Paul is writing this letter to the Colossians and asks them to be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle and patient. Put up with each other and forgive. Above all be loving.
Gathering together with family over the holidays for some has been a great joy as they continue with a celebration whilst others have found themselves in an unhappy position. So how can we be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle and patient when we feel fed up, deprived, lonely and sad?
How about letting Christ’s peace control you? Take a deep breath or two or even three and as you breath in say “I am loved” and as you breath out say “By God”. Read the above passage again and really concentrate on each word then read it again and see what stands out to you. Write those words down and using some crayons or markers spend a while coloring the words in or drawing a picture of what they mean to you. Using this brief spiritual practice you will find the peace of Christ.
Prayer: Almighty God thank you for the power to see beyond my personal circumstances that make me feel sad to look for you to turn my sadness into joy. Amen.