May the Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my imprisonment.

~2 Timothy 1:16, NET


Encourage one another and build up each other.

~Paul of Tarsus

Not much is said about Onesiphorus in the Bible but this is often the case with encouragers. The name Onesiphorus means profitable or useful and this certainly seems to be true of Paul’s friend. He was the Elder of the church at Ephesus, the senior pastor, and he made a voyage to Rome just to visit Paul and encourage him. Travel is those days was very dangerous so Onesiphorus put his life on the line just to visit and encourage his friend. He was not afraid nor ashamed to visit Paul while he was in prison. We all need friends like Onesiphorus, friends that encourage us and refresh our spirits. I don’t seem to have the gift myself but I know folks who do and it is a beautiful thing to see.

Paul said, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Wow, anything…that is a broad area, anything! I doubt seriously that I can go for one full day without worrying about something but Paul said, “Don’t worry about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your request to God.” So I have three confessions but two out of three are good. I am prone to worry and that is not good but I am very thankful and one of the things I am thankful for my encouragers. God has placed a garrison of encouragers around me. Yesterday was a stressful day for me and it may be that I create some of the stress but I am telling you this 71 year old was tired when the day was done. God’s grace is the enabling power but the encouragers also play a huge role and I had at least a half dozen affirm me yesterday with kind words of encouragement. It is for my own sake, that God does not allow me to remember what they have said but I do know that what they said encouraged me and I deeply appreciate it.

I love my gray pants! June buys 95% of my clothes and she hates me wearing trousers that are too short. I prefer an inseam of 29-30 but she prefers 31 which means they almost touch the ground which I don’t like. She had bought me a pair of gray slacks and I noticed them in the closet yesterday. I had already decided to wear my gray suit but my suit pants were uncomfortably tight and I had trouble breathing in them on Saturday. I saw that the gray pants were a close match so I grabbed them yesterday morning. I told myself I would put on my suit pants before Larry’s COLS. When I stuck my hand in the left front pocket, I felt paper and it was a $100 bill. So help me, this is all true. We went on to Church and then ran to Moe’s for lunch then back to the Point and I reached into my right pocket to get some change and I pulled out what I thought was two or three dollars and inside the one’s was another $100.00. June washed the gray pants last night but I am going to check the pockets again.

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