Walter Brueggemann: Care Packages

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Now to Him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith—to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen. Romans 16:25-27

“This final chapter in Romans is remarkable because it contains no theological argument or even pastoral advice. It is simply a greeting in which Paul remembers and names church companions for whom he is grateful. Many he simply names. Some of them he recalls for quite specific reasons. Paul is a connector among actual people who are living out their faith in concrete ways. This text suggests to me that concrete efort in connecting the church in its parts is urgently important. Such letters of friendship in the church constitute care packages of gratitude and hope.”

Walter Brueggemann in Gift and Task: A Year of Daily Readings and Reflections (Louisville: WJKP, 2017) 254.

I forgot to upload the new header photo yesterday. Here it is today. We often forget things that are important, don’t we? Notice what Paul remembers. Read Romans 16. He remembers the names of many people in the church in Rome.

How do you do with remembering the names of the people you meet? What does it communicate? I think it sends a strong message. Each one matters. In that light, it may be the most important thing we can recall.

Then after greeting people by name He concludes the chapter with this blessing. Let’s follow the pattern. In the coming days, learn the names of the people you meet and sow a blessing in their hearts of gratitude and hope.