“I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you” (Colossians 4:18).
We all have circumstances that seek to imprison, distract, discourage, and destroy us. Even Paul. Why would he ask the Colossians to remember his imprisonment? That it might be a reminder that none of us are above or exempt from such trials? Perhaps. I’m convinced, however, that the apostle’s greater desire is that the church at Colossae might pray for him. Remembering is a prayerful exercise that keeps others close to our hearts and in the prayers that we breathe. It is a humbling pursuit that binds our lives together in shared brokenness.