I fear I have not been much of a Paul to you:
but, in your different ways, as my young colleagues
in the Work, you have been splendid Timothys to me.
Accept this book as a token of my grateful remembrance,
of my continued prayers, and of
my abiding affection.
It is not usually considered to be polite to read other people's letters; but for eighteen weeks, at our Bible School, we have been venturing to look over Timothy's shoulder as he read this one; and we have made the discovery that, while it all concerned him, almost all of it also applied to us. I have been asked now to pass on to a wider circle what we have seen in the letter, for it transpires that, although it is a private communication, it is nevertheless intended to be public property, among believers.
May the HOLY SPIRIT, who inspired Paul's writing, assist our learning, and quicken our living.
G. H. K.
CHRIST Church Vicarage, Beckenham.