Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to beings that by nature are not gods. Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly elemental spirits? How can you want to be enslaved to them again? You are observing special days, and months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid that my work for you may have been wasted.
I can’t remember the last time I got a handwritten letter. Letters from my bank manager, insurance company, Church House…yes, I get them, but they’re all typed with maybe even the signature an image. No pen has actually touched paper.
Occasionally (very occasionally) I’ll get a ‘thank you’ card from a church, or maybe from a person, thanking me for something. But a letter? A proper, full letter? Nope, can’t remember.
So I’d look forward to getting a full letter. A few words of encouragement, perhaps, or a catch up with what’s going on. But I wouldn’t want to get this one. Not exactly a ‘thank you’ note, is it? More of a “You useless worm, I don’t know why I even bother” sort of letter.
And what had the Galatians done to deserve this? They’d been human, that’s what. Fancy observing special days, months, seasons and years? Pentecost, Advent and any year that ends in a 0… I’ve done ‘em all.
I’m sorry, Paul, if you think I’ve wasted your time. But, y’know, I’m human.
Forgive me when I don’t
match up to your expectations.
Forgive me when
I get bitter about people
who seem to be better followers
of your Son than I am.
But don’t stop loving me.
Leo Roberts is the Children and Young Persons’ Development Officer for the North Western Synod.