"The healer of snakebites can't heal himself." - Bedouin Proverb
This proverbial saying is an example of the unexpected twists of irony. The irony is that a person who can suck snake poison out of a bite wound, although providing so essential a service, is unable to use it to help himself.
"I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith."
Be encouraged: As those of us deployed begin our transition fully into our mission sets, it's critical that we establish and strengthen relationships of mutual benefit with fellow believers, and the best place to do that is gathered for worship. As much as we think we can make it on our own, we will quickly learn that's a recipe for disaster. As wise King Solomon said, "a threefold cord is not quickly broken." The combination of you, God, and people of faith will not be overcome by the challenges of the desert.
LEADER PRAYER: Lord, our lives are in your hands. Thank you for the work of the cross which frees from deception and bondage. May we see the guidance of scripture as the supreme guide for our lives. Send people across our path to speak truth and encouragement to us so we can continue work on behalf of your kingdom. Amen.
Blessings on your week --