This benediction always makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The pastor at a church I went to in college always used it as his benediction. It seemed to me to be the perfect framework for the coming week. With the grace, love and fellowship of the Trinity, I just knew that the week would be outstanding.
And I love the adjectives used in the Message version of this verse:
The amazing grace of the Master, Jesus Christ, the extravagant love of God, the intimate friendship of the Holy Spirit, be with all of you.
Amazing grace, extravagant love, intimate friendship. Sometimes it's hard to imagine that the creator of all things could love me extravagantly, give me things I don't deserve, or call me friend, but that's what it's all about! God didn't just create us and then leave to fend for ourselves. He created us because He wants a close relationship with us. Think about that as you face the challenges of this week.
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