18 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you (Colossians 4).
To end his letter Paul decides to take the pen from his amanuensis and write these final words: “with my own hands”—giving it that personal touch and show of affection and authenticity. In my mind’s eye I can just see the reader, with a final gesture at the completion of his reading, slowly turn the scroll around so that the group before him might see for themselves the handwriting of the great Apostle Paul himself.
And as they gaze at this signature ending, surely Paul’s final words ring in their ears: “Remember my imprisonment” and “Grace be with you,” on the one hand a reminder that faith in this gospel in which they all rejoice can come at such a cost that the grace of God will be required to see them through to the end—and on the other hand a simple request: “Don’t forget me.”
Lord, we thank You for these words written by the Apostle Paul—not just for the benefit of those Colossians so long ago, but for our benefit as well. Help us This Day to remember them and to walk in Your grace. Amen.