BEHIND THE SCENES

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, October 12, 2022, comes to us from Monica A. Andermann of New York.

7 Tychicus will tell you all the news about me; he is a beloved brother, a faithful minister, and a fellow servant in the Lord. 8 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, so that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts; 9 he is coming with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you about everything here. 10 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, as does Mark the cousin of Barnabas, concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him. 11 And Jesus who is called Justus greets you. These are the only ones of the circumcision among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always wrestling in his prayers on your behalf, so that you may stand mature and fully assured in everything that God wills. 13 For I testify for him that he has worked hard for you and for those in Laodicea and in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. 15 Give my greetings to the brothers and sisters in Laodicea, and to Nympha and the church in her house. 16 And when this letter has been read among you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and see that you read also the letter from Laodicea.

Colossians 4:7-16NRSV

 

BEHIND THE SCENES


I once worked for a medical facility where each month the department that showed exemplary efforts was named “department of the month.” Direct care departments such as therapy, physicians, or nursing, would usually be honored while administrative areas were overlooked. Then one month, the accounting department where I worked was recognized. Our supervisor had written to the facility’s administrator outlining how the behind-the-scenes staff were equally important as those on the front lines. He explained that without our efforts to keep intricate records, ensure timely payroll, and navigate insurance billing and collections, the facility would be unable to remain open.


Today’s reading from Colossians honors behind-the-scenes workers: Tychicus, Onesimus, and Epaphras. The scripture tells us that these are beloved fellow servants in Christ who bring comfort during difficult times. I wonder if the good news about Christ could have been as far-reaching without the support of people like these. In God’s eyes no one is more important than another. We are all equal servants in God’s kingdom with our own essential roles.

 

Friends,

You are a blessing from God, uniquely gifted with light that inspires others. Monica’s reflection reminds us that each one of us has an essential role to play in expanding God’s grace into the world. We may not be able to write as insightfully as Rev. Adam Hamilton, nor sing as beautifully as Celine Dion, but God has blessed us with gifts so that we can bless others.

--Pastor Anthony

 
Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, please show us where we are needed to serve, and give us the resolve to do our best. Amen

-- Monica A. Andermann


Prayer Focus:

Groups marginalized by society.


Thought for the day:

What essential role do I fill in serving God?