May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. (Colossians 1:11-20, NRSV)
May you be made strong…
May you be prepared…
I find these two opening statements comforting.
The author of this letter is hoping the Colossians will be given strength from Christ and prepared to endure everything that is coming with patience. And through everything that happens, they will be joyful!
Christ has come to do all of this for us, to give us strength, and patience, and prepare us for everything, and through it all, He will walk with us!
And in all of that I find comfort.
So May you!