Face to face (1 Thess. 3:10)

“Night

And day,

We pray most earnestly

That we may see you

Face to face

And restore

Whatever is lacking

In your faith.”

νυκτὸς καὶ ἡμέρας ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ δεόμενοι εἰς τὸ ἰδεῖν ὑμῶν τὸ πρόσωπον καὶ καταρτίσαι τὰ ὑστερήματα τῆς πίστεως ὑμῶν;

Paul said, “Night (νυκτὸς) and day (καὶ ἡμέρας), we pray most earnestly (ὑπερεκπερισσοῦ δεόμενοι) that we may see you (εἰς τὸ ἰδεῖν ὑμῶν) face to face (τὸ πρόσωπον) and restore (καὶ καταρτίσαι) whatever is lacking (τὰ ὑστερήματα) in your faith (τῆς πίστεως ὑμῶν).”  Paul indicated that he was continually praying, both at night and during the day, that he might see the Christian Thessalonians again in person.  He wanted to restore or build up whatever was lacking in their faith.  He wanted to continue his catechetical teaching at Thessalonica to fill in the gaps in their Christian faith formation.  Is there someone you want to see face to face?

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