Help, I’m running out of paper

In something of a last minute dash to the finishing line, St Paul rounds off his first letter to the Thessalonian Christians with a brilliant, if somewhat frantic, summary of the essentials of a healthy spirituality (way to live the Christian life.)

In a brief few verses we receive eight commands and one promise.

The Core – Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing, in everything Give thanks

put another way, Celebration, God Awareness, Gratitude

The Direction – Don’t quench the Spirit – that is, be open to God’s future

The Disposition – Test everything, Embrace the good, Shun evil –

put another way, Don’t be naïve – Be “UNgullible”.

The Promise – the one who called you is faithful (God can go the distance!)