January 26 – Feast for Timothy and Titus

Catholics, Lutherans and Episcopalians set aside January 26 to celebrate Timothy and Titus (The Eastern Orthodox celebrate on January 24).

Rembrandt's painting of Timothy as a young child with his grandmother Lois

Paul’s letters to Timothy and Titus are full of instructions and encouragement for the young preacher. Both men were relatively young when Paul wrote to them, yet they were given the job of appointing elders and strengthening a young congregation.

As the wife of a 25 year old preacher, their story reminds me to do my best, no matter my age, experience, or lack thereof:

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12

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