When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments.
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Paul is under house arrest in Rome and fully aware that he will be facing death at the hand of the Romans soon. He draws his letter to Timothy to a close with personal messages asking for Timothy to come soon. Perhaps he was feeling the chill of winter and wanted the comfort of the cloak he left behind. Oh, and the books and parchments - early manuscripts of Jesus' words and activities that became the basis of Gospels, perhaps. Perhaps scrolls of Hebrew scriptures from his days as a champion for the Law. A friend, a favorite coat, a well-worn scroll. Paul gathered comfort where he could find it against the inevitable cold. In God's good time, he would be warming himself at the fire of a heart that blazed through the prison doors of death for him. The privilege extended to us all is to carry a cloak for one another and tell the story.
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Holy God, kindle in us the passion of Paul. Amen.