2 Timothy 4:9 Do your best to come to me soon, 10 for Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica; Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. 11 Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful in my ministry. 12 I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus. 13 When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 14 Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will pay him back for his deeds. 15 You also must beware of him, for he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me. May it not be counted against them!
I like this passage because it humanizes Paul. He’s just writing to his dear friend and protege Timothy with some practical requests “… bring the cloak I left with Carpus…”. There is also an angry edge when describing Alexander, one who wronged him, “the Lord will pay him back for his deeds”. Then there’s a bit of sadness and disappointment, “At my first defense no one came to my support, but all deserted me”.
Lord, like Paul there are times when I am in need, angry, or disappointed. Give me grace to go forward in your will despite the struggles. Amen.