ISSL Reflections November 27 2022 Ephesians 6:10–18 Post 2

Allow me a quick Thanksgiving Day greeting a day early. With Thanksgiving Day upon us, another holiday season is about to move toward high gear. I trust that you will find places to pause during the season and in moments of quiet give room for gratitude and generosity to be your companion.

I invite you to take a couple of minutes to visit another page of this blog to read a Thanksgiving prayer from Diane Butler Bass and consider a simple practice that may keep you connected with blessings that come your way. You can find that page at –

Now, back to our reading of Ephesians 6.

Today let’s take note of how Paul uses images associated with the armor of a Roman soldier to highlight certain aspects of the Kingdom life.

Ephesians 6:10-18 New Revised Standard Version Updated Edition

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power; put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, for our struggle is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm. Stand, therefore, and belt your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness and lace up your sandals in preparation for the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.

Paul mentions the soldier’s belt, breastplate, sandals, shield, helmet and sword to call attention to how the soldier is able to “stand firm” in his life as a soldier of the Kingdom of Rome.

He draws a parallel to what the citizens of the Kingdom of God have at their disposal so as to “stand firm.” He mentions – truth, righteousness, peace, salvation, the Spirit, and the word of God.

What images come to mind that you think would help others understand the importance of these elements for life in God’s Kingdom?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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