“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”
– Philippians 1:9-10
Over the past few weeks, I have been preaching a series of sermons from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. It has been quite a journey. Amid a world struggling through numerous crises, we have focused on the idea of having a Christ-like mind. While none of us are perfect as is Christ, we can seek together, with a mind focused on Christ, to find out just who it is God is calling this faith community to be in this time and in this place. Covid-19 continues its devastating burn through much of the world, especially here in the United States. Calls for racial justice remain loud, and unabated, even in the face of crackdowns by a militarized police force. Disunity in our nation is growing, people are actively “taking sides.” Our world today is unlike anything we have seen in a great while. And it is hard.
Today, I recall the words from the prophet Isaiah, “…do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” (Is 41:10). Persevere through this time, and God will bring peace.