This is an unexpected entry in the list of divine provisions we are counting this week. … Today, thanks to the strong connection between Paul and the Philippians, the divine provision of tender relationships enters the list at number one. The needs of the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi take precedence over Paul’s desire to depart and be with Christ. The connective tissue of Christian community tethers him to this life even when dying is gain for him.
—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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[Paul wrote,] I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live.
—Philippians 1:23-24 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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