25 Brethren, pray for us. 26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. 27 I adjure you by the Lord to have this letter read to all the brethren. 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (1 Thessalonians 5).
Prayer, greetings, and readings—these are the closing requests in this epistle Paul made to God’s people. Not a bad thing for them to do. Not a bad thing for any of us to do. Every time we pray for our spiritual leaders, every time we greet one another in love, and every time we read the Scriptures together, we are fulfilling this final request of perhaps the greatest Christian who ever lived.
And in these things we find “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” being manifested in our lives and in His Church.
Lord, help us This Day to pray, greet, and read. Amen.