Today’s Scripture Selection: Second Corinthians 9:15

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

As much as I like the writings of the apostle Paul, sometimes (dare I say it) he can be a bit wordy.

He seems to go out of his way to hammer out each fine point of theology; every nuance of meaning.  It’s as if he said to himself, “Why use only five words to say this when five-hundred would say it better?”

Then, on the other hand, sometimes he is the absolute epitome of brevity.

The above passage is a great example.

In the face of God’s

  • Incredible provision
  • Wonderful generosity
  • Powerful provision
  • Amazing grace

Paul simply exclaims,

“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

Here he openly, and gratefully, admits – all that God is and does for us is truly, ultimately “indescribable” – so why waste words trying to do so?

I agree.  Sometimes there just isn’t anything else to say except….

“Thank you.”

Prayer: Lord, sometimes I fail to find the words to express my faith and my love.  But you know that already.  Thank you, Heavenly Father.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: