This month I've combined Paul's letters to Titus and Philemon. They are very short, and very sweet. Yes, there are some instructions and practicalities, but overall, there is a lot of tenderness and affection, both for the recipients and when Paul is talking about Onesimus.
And in Philemon there's hope - strong, audacious, almost outrageous hope. This brief letter was written while Paul was still in prison, and yet he is full of hope for his release. Hope that was not deceived - but Paul didn't know it at the time of writing. So for me there's a real boldness about this line:
One thing more - prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping through your prayers to be restored to you. (v 22)
"For I am hoping through your prayers"... what a strong reminder of the importance, not only of hope, but of relying on prayer!
(A short post, in keeping with this month's brevity from Paul)