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We do not follow Christ alone.
There are others who share this path.
People who have heard the good news as it bears fruit, 
all around the world.

Your journey is not just your own.
Others have walked with you.
Pauls, Timothys and Epaphrases, who thank God when they think of you.
Men and women who have faithfully laboured, 
so that the good news might bear fruit in you.
Those who first brought you the message. 
Others who have helped you up when you fell.
Some who have shown God’s life to you, or encouraged you, or just prayed.

Who are these people in your life? Can you name them? Can you picture them now?
Thank God for them, and pray that they may be strengthened in faith, hope and love.

Your journey is not just your own.
You walk with others, 
Your ‘Colossians’ who God calls you to encourage.
Who are they? How can you encourage them?

Ben Askew


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How I long to hear them!
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‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
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I’m stressed and distracted and frazzled.
‘My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.’
Yes, I hear you Lord. Help me to pause and take time for you.Then there are the days when I do remember.
I walk restfully in your presence.
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Yes, I believe you Lord. Those words are for me. 
Your presence does go with me and give me rest.
Thank you Lord!Amen
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