Finishing Colossians, we tackle an often skipped, but still rich passage that gives practical advice about keeping peace at home, encourages prayerful and gracious witness, and models community-building practices. It’s worth the risk to grapple with ancient marital norms, slavery, and lesser known (and hard to pronounce) names to mine these nuggets that help us better love others.
Sometimes, you have to go with the trajectory of the lectionary, not the literal lessons. Galatians 4 was just too meaty to miss. May we all find spiritual freedom as children of God, as our spirits cry, “Abba! Father!” through faith in Christ.