MONDAY, MAY 25
“How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me.”
Philippians 4:10 (NLT2)
THE POWER OF CONNECTION
The soldier’s first article of faith is summed up nowhere more eloquently than in an 1865 letter from William Tecumseh Sherman to U.S. Grant: “I knew wherever I was that you thought of me, and if I got in a tight place you would come–if alive.” This is the unwritten, unspoken but unbreakable contract of the battlefield: You will leave no one, dead or alive, in the hands of the enemy. (U.S. News and World Report)
Every year on Memorial Day we honor those who gave their lives serving in our Armed Forces. We have vowed to never forget their sacrifice on our behalf. Those soldiers demonstrated the ultimate concern for others when they gave their all.
In Philippians 4, the Apostle Paul is expressing a similar sentiment to that of Sherman, “I knew that you thought of me…and you would come.” Paul is expressing gratitude for the concern the Philippian church has shown toward him. The church had sent an offering to Paul with a guy named Epaphroditus, while he was in prison. More than the gift, Paul was grateful for the love the gift showed and the connection they shared.
God’s plan is that love will have tangible expressions. Who has shown you love in a tangible way lately? The tangible concern of the Philippians led Paul to praise God. Take some time praising God for the tangible love you have experienced lately.