I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need. Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account. I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Heavenly Father I see the beauty of your world around me as I look out my doorway, a world which you made for us to enjoy.
I see the beauty and glowing colours of every tree and flower.
I smell the many perfumes and hear the sound of water splashing in the pool, the ripples spreading out, just as your love spreads out to us.
The driftwood cross leaning on the bright green hedge, the anchor at its foot reminds me that all is right while I remain in you.
I can feel the warmth of the sun on my face and all seems good.
Father I thank you for this door and the opportunity to worship you in these surroundings.
Lord be with those who are less fortunate than I.
Shine through the gloom of lives marred by the dreadful events in our world today, that they may come to know you and your Son, that their lives may be lifted up in praise and thanks for all you have done for us, in Him.
By Greta Philp