|Thanksgiving With Saints Philemon and Apphia|
St. Anthony Messenger - November, 2016
Keep Your Home God-Centered (Phlm. 1-2)
Apphia and Philemon's home was a House Church in the very early years of Christianity. Perhaps this example of great generousity could nudge many to share their home on Thanksgiving Day with a clear place for God somehow etched into the day!
Give Kind Attention To Elderly Wisdom (Phlm. 9a)
Paul called himself an old man in the midst of this letter. Though elderly, his advice to this couple was wise and valuable. A good reminder to try to glean classic wisdom from the elderly at your Thanksgiving table!
Accept All At Your Gathering With Kindness (Phlm. 17b)
The main focus of this letter was about a frustrated slave, Onesimus. Onesimus's plight and low status might prompt some special kindness to someone at Thanksgiving who tends to be ignored or treated with a lack of respect ... the way a slave may have been in ancient Colossae.
Offer A Warm Welcome In Your Home (Phlm. 22)
Paul expressed hope to visit Saints Philemon and Apphia. There's a good chance that some (hopefully all!) of your Thanksgiving company will be saints in heaven some day. A thought to ponder when welcoming them to your home ... or going to their's.
A Small Bible Study For Thanksgiving Week
If you have a chance on November 22, try to find a bit of quiet time to read the mere 25 verses creating Paul's letter to this saintly couple ... and ask Saint Philemon and Saint Apphia to pray for your Thanksgiving holiday!
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