My life is already being poured away as a libation, and the time has come for me to be gone. I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kept the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me but to all those who have longed for his Appearing.
The first time I had to present my defence, there was not a single witness to support me. Every one of them deserted me – may they not be held accountable for it. But the Lord stood by me and gave me power, so that through me the whole message might be proclaimed for all the pagans to hear; and so I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from all evil attempts on me, and bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2 Timothy 4:6-8,16-18
St Paul speaks of the isolation that is his, and the focus on service that is his.
He speaks of the love of the Lord who calls him to himself, into an eternal and blessed communion. And he testifies to the anguish that has been his because of his determination to respond to that call.
Life has many challenges. And as we face them we stand in good company!
- Pause to remember the Lord’s love for you. How have you learnt of this? What form has your experience of this taken?
- What challenges do you face? Place these in the hands of the Lord as preparation for living your life as best you may today.
St Paul. Shrewsbury Abbey. (c) 2016, Allen Morris