For this week’s “Thursday Quote Day” and in honor of the passing of Merle Haggard, here is a verse from one of his famous songs:
“Everybody sings the blues sometimes
And everybody knows the tune
And everybody knows the way I’m feelin’
‘Cause everybody’s had the blues” (Merle Haggard “Everybody’s Had The Blues”)
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven. Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel, which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing—as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and understood the grace of God in truth, just as you learned it from Epaphras our beloved fellow servant. He is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf and has made known to us your love in the Spirit.” (Colossians 1:3-8)
Encouraging one another is so important. Paul knew this very well. He was greatly encouraged by the Colossians and their faith. They heard the Gospel, received it and shared it with others. They trusted in Jesus and was faithful in following Him and their testimony showed that. Paul loved to hear this news and encouraged Him to continue to be faithful.
Life is tough. There are definitely times where there are struggles and hardships. There are times when one gets beat down. But the great thing is that God is there. There is that hope that comes from trusting in Him. No matter what, He’s there. I’m grateful for that and I want others to experience that as well.
This week let us be thankful for God’s faithfulness. Let us be thankful of the hope of salvation. And let us share that hope with others.