Paul’s Last Letter (1)

To Timothy, my dear son.
2 Timothy 1:2

Today my scheduled daily Bible reading put me in the pages of 2 Timothy. When I visit here, it’s always with a sense of sadness, because it was Paul’s last letter. His writings have been transformative in my life; so when he signs off and lays aside his pen, I have a lump in my throat.

When the Ephesian elders went to Miletus to meet with Paul, he told them this was “goodbye”—that they wouldn’t see him again. They prayed with him, embraced him, and wept. “What grieved them most was his statement that they would never see his face again” (Acts 20:38). That’s the feeling I have when I read this, his last letter. I don’t want him to go.

His final words: “The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you” (2 Tm 4:22).

When it’s your time to go, leave
something behind that’s unforgettable.

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