And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another…(Hebrews 10:24-25)
No one knows who wrote the New Testament book called Hebrews. Martin Luther thought the writer might have been the eloquent Apollos (see Acts 18:24-38). Other scholars nominate Paul’s companion Barnabas or Paul’s friends Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:2-3).
We’ll never know, at least not this side of heaven, but I like to imagine that Apollos wrote it with help from Priscilla and Aquila.
I like to imagine Apollos dropping in to show his old teachers his notes for the sermon we now call Hebrews, and Priscilla saying, “Very nice, brother Apollos, but remind them to love one another and to do good things for people.”
Now, 2,000 years later, those words resonate with us, because that’s how we Women of the ELCA live. Tirelessly, generously, lovingly, Lutheran women provoke one another to do good deeds for people close to home and around the world.
This message is an excerpt from a Woman of the ELCA devotion by Audrey Riley.
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