February 29, 2020

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-14

I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. In any case, it was kind of you to share my distress.

  • It was kind of you to share my distress, Paul writes. Many of us know Philippians chapter 4 because of the sentence that immediately precedes this one: I can do all things through him who strengthens me. What we might not realize is that this phrase comes out of a paragraph in which Paul is expressing sincere gratitude for the faith community in Philippi and their willingness to suffer with him. Paul has been through the wringer. The strength and concern of a faith community can help us get through the ups and downs of life. If you’re reading this, I suspect you’re part of a faith community. Who is suffering in your community who needs your presence in their life? If you feel as though you may be suffering, who might you reach out to express your gratitude for their being there for you in your time of need, even if it might not have been the best expression of empathy? Today, I invite you to reflect upon your experience of community and the ways that God strengthens you.

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