Preparing for winter

This week will mark the beginning of September, a new month which is one month closer to winter. When I think of winter I always think of the Apostle Paul when he was in Ephesus. Paul knew winter was coming. Paul assumes Timothy will come to him immediately and he sends Timothy this message, found in 2 Timothy 4:13:

2 Timothy 4:13, ESV: “When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.”

Paul knew winter was coming and he would need his cloak, or to us, his coat. He was making preparations for the cold weather (2 Timothy 4:21). He wanted to stay warm.

In addition to the cloak, Paul had left two other items in the possession of Carpus: scrolls and parchments. The scrolls may have been Old Testament scrolls or the Torah or other books, though this is uncertain. The parchments were flat, book-like materials, used for writing. These were either parchments already written upon or perhaps referred to blank parchment Paul wanted for writing new materials. Even during imprisonment, and facing the end of his own life, Paul is still emphasizing the importance of reading and studying the Word of God. (

Winter is coming! How are we preparing for the cooler weather coming on? What about the winter of our life? How are we preparing for it?

In the wintertime many of us naturally stay inside more. We know what staying inside really means now after the Covid virus scare, but what do we want to have with us during the winter of our life?  Think about the things you would want compared to Paul.

Paul wanted his cloak. He couldn’t function well being cold.

Paul wanted the scrolls. This could have been the O.T. scrolls, the Torah or other books. He wanted the best reading material available to him.

Paul wanted above all the parchments to be brought to him. He wanted to stay busy writing and teaching from where he was in prison.

Winter is coming. How are we preparing?

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