Building One Another

E. Stanley Ott


May 24, 2011

Dear Friend,

At times life can be remarkably demanding and confusing. When Jesus saw a crowd he had compassion for them because they were harassed and helpless – just as so many of us feel this day about whatever situation we may find ourselves in.


Consider this benediction from the Book of Hebrews.  It’s a very good word!


Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us* that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.  Hebrews 13:20-21*


There is so much that is hopeful and comforting in this word.  In the midst of the turmoil of life we see our God:


                Is a God of peace.

                                Brought Jesus back from the dead.

                                                Will make us complete in everything good!


For us this means we may do that which is pleasing in God’s sight knowing that through our trust in Jesus he will bring us back from the dead.  Indeed a very good word!


So in the midst of whatever is happening in your life this day, allow this benediction to refresh your spirit and rekindle your hope as this day you serve the Lord who loves you.


With joy - E. Stanley Ott

Copyright 2011 E. Stanley Ott

*Scripture from the NRSV