Philippians 1:3-8 New Living Translation (NLT)
Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer
3 Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ from the time you first heard it until now. 6 And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. 7 So it is right that I should feel as I do about all of you, for you have a special place in my heart. You share with me the special favor of God, both in my imprisonment and in defending and confirming the truth of the Good News. 8 God knows how much I love you and long for you with the tender compassion of Christ Jesus.
Devotion by Julia Shiver
As I read this, all I can think is “Wow!” I think of my church family at Pilgrimage the same way as Paul thought of the church in Philippi. I thank God for each of you and for the community as a whole. I pray for you. You hold a special place in my heart. And I know that God is at work within this community of faith.
I also know that we are experiencing the “labor pains” that come with transition and change. Whether it be changes in leadership and styles, changes in worship format, changes in priorities and missions, all change comes with tension. Some of us are still coming to grips with Kim and Allen leaving and all that that entails. Some of us were over it quickly and are ready to get on with the work of rebuilding the church.
Some of the tension comes from expectations and uncertainties about where we are headed. But I have great faith in us. I see so much growth in our ability to know who we are and where we want to be. I see a deepening of our commitment to this church and the people in it. I look forward to our future, in whatever shape we decide to build it.
You walk with us on this journey of reflection and growth. We do all things in your son’s name. Amen.