Re:Verse reading–Acts 20:17-38 (day three)
“They would never see his face again.” The Spirit’s here, and we look forward to Christ’s appearing and the resurrection at the end of the age, but there sure are a whole lot of people who’ve left the scene. And there’s still a church to lead, character to form, a cross to bear, and a world to seek. It seems we could have used a few more years with the ones who made it happen. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we know: We would become so dependent on them that we wouldn’t ever develop the strength we need to do the work at hand. But it’s probably worse than that. Forget depending on them; we might just leave it to them altogether. Something about absence forces a choice, though: Step into the gap, or step down. Paul’s gone. Where are you?