Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
The Sadness Increases With Time
There are various stages within the Nine Days, and the sadness increases as we get closer to the destruction. Thus the week of 9 Av is more stringent than the days before it. The Sephardic custom, for example, is to observe the stringencies regarding bathing only in the week of Tisha B’Av.
Things further intensify on the 7th of Av, the day the destroyers entered the Temple complex. And then on the afternoon before 9 Av, we begin many of the practices of the fast day itself, such as desisting from most Torah study.
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