WHO WOULD I MENTION?
Priscilla, Aquila, Epaenetus, Mary, Anronicus and Junia,
Ampliatus, Urbanus, Stachys, Apelles, Aristobulus, Herodion,
Narcissus, Tryphaena Tryphosa, Persis, Rufus, Asyncritus,
Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas, Julie, Nereus, Olympas.
People Paul remembered in the last chapter of Romans.
I’m nearly at the end of Romans. What a journey over this past year. As I start reading the last 5-6 verses, I realize these are the last words of Paul’s to the Roman church. He won’t see them again and he has invested so much of himself into the birth, and growth, of their church. He did it to his peril as he was beaten and imprisoned. Though Paul has often gotten a bad rap as being non-relational, his closing words are all about people and relationships.
If I were about to die or to be taken away in chains, what kind of a goodbye list would I make? This morning I daydreamed. I imagined that I will send a good friend on a journey to visit the people who have impacted my life the most profoundly. “Tell _________ that I thank him for showing me the face of Christ through his kind spirit.” “Tell ________ that I thank her for choosing Christ when she could have easily abandoned her faith because of her life story.”
So, apart from this public devotional, for time’s sake I’m toing to make a list of 10 people. Who is it that has invested in me? Who has made a difference in my life that, at this moment, is completely unaware of their impact? I haven’t started it yet – but perhaps as I do – I’ll want to send some notes today to express my thanks. None of us knows if we’ll get another chance.
And an additional question would be this? Whose list would I be on? Is my faith that captivating?
Above all, I am filled with gratitude as I see faces cross mind. Amen