Daily reading: 29 February
Strength in temptation.
The daily readings throughout Lent 2020 are taken from the Christian Aid Ireland footprints journey.
Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles
- Philippians 4:14.
As I listen to this part of Paul’s letter today, the themes of gratitude and contentment still ring in the readers’ ears, though the images of need have perhaps changed. As I listen to Pauls words, I don’t just hear of Paul in need, but I am aware of the need facing communities across the world. I carry images of persecution in Nigeria and devastation in Australia. I carry images from my own local community in Northern Ireland, of families wrecked by illness and others impacted by violence and I find myself asking ‘what troubles am I sharing in?'
We live in a complex time when it is possible to be globally aware yet locally isolated – however, surely I need to hold to both, the local and global 'sharing in troubles.' Sharing is not simply about knowing, but like the Philippians, how am I showing concern and meeting needs; how is my faith worked out through my hands, my feet, my time, my compassion and my purse?
So perhaps today, can I invite you to re-read these words from Paul and consider with God, how you might ‘share in troubles’? Perhaps commit to a project globally (check out caid.org.uk/lent) and then make one small practical response to someone you know, near you, who needs your help.
Just as Paul’s words reflect his very personal connection with and deep thankfulness for the people of Philippi, might we too consider both who we are thankful for and who we can help?
Help us God to find ways to respond to others’ needs, to find ways to be generous with both our presence and our resource.
Today's contributor is Helen Warnock. Living in East Belfast, Helen is the Principal of Belfast Bible College and part of the leadership team at her local church.
Published on 29 February 2020