Good Friday morning! The sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful day. I hope you get a chance to do something outside. We are so fortunate to have room to explore, unlike being quarantined in a high-rise in a big city. I can’t even imagine that.

These last few verses in Philippians are pretty well known. He has given thanks for them; he has told them of his situation; he has appealed to unity; he has given them examples to follow. Now he asks them to think about what they have learned, keep doing good things; and to be content with what they have. These are all good lessons for us today.

Philippians 4:8-13 (NRSV)

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

Acknowledgment of the Philippians’ Gift

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.

Say that last verse out loud: “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Say it again even louder! My mom used to remind me of this verse when I got discouraged. “I can do all things through him who strengthens me!” Ya sure ya betcha!

Blessings on your day,

Pastor Sue