I Hold You In My Heart
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel.
I adore the book of Philippians. Paul is in chains and yet this has to be the most joyful, hopeful, and endearing epistle that he wrote. Paul has a deep connection with the church of Philippi and it shows in how much affection, encouragement, and delight that is written throughout the writing. This affection is something that as a church family we should strive for one another in. Not just within our little “c” church, but in the big “C” church, the body as a whole. We are all partakers in the gospel. Partners in a holy mission. We are all connected by the blood. We as believers are a family.
As the Christmas season starts it’s steady build into busyness, let us all remember to take the time to pray for, encourage, and lend ourselves to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. This can be a trying season for many reasons, for many people. Taking the time to be intentional can truly bring so much joy and hope to someone who may need it more than they let on. Christ has asked us to bear one another burdens, to weep with those who weep, and to strive with one another in love.
So who is on your heart lately? Is there anyone you know of that’s been having a season of sorrow, spiritual dryness, of grief? Are you thinking of a name? A list of names? How can you take some intentional time out of your day or your week to send encouragement or support their way? Whether it’s by sending a text message or going out of your way to serve them, sometimes the smallest act of kindness and thoughtfulness can brighten the darkest of days.
Are you the person you thought of that needs encouragement and prayer? We are so afraid to be vulnerable with one another sometimes, and I want to encourage YOU to reach out to someone you love and simply ask for prayer for that thing you’re concerned about. Ask someone to remind you of the truth in God’s word, to remind you of the promises we are given. Remember that in our weakness God is shown to be strong, so don’t be afraid to ask for support. We are here for each other and we are here for relationship. Not only that, but we are here for the glory of God, and He is working all things out for our good, and He will finish what He started!
Father, I pray that you would comfort those who grieve. That you would send prayer warriors to support those who feel hopeless and lost. That we as a body would wrap our arms around one another and embrace one another through hardship, loss, grief, pain. I pray that we would hold each other in our hearts warmly, tenderly, and intentionally, just as Paul does here for the Philippians. Bring us all together, unify our hearts, and help us to look more like you everyday. We thank you for being able to have each other through this life, please strengthen your Church in love. Amen