Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel.
In this letter, Paul is writing to the Philippians from prison. We cannot compare our current stay at home order to being imprisoned, but we certainly share in many of the feelings Paul must have felt; uncertain, afraid, caged, helpless. And yet, Paul also writes with a great sense of freedom and hope and understanding of the death before the new life. He’s bold and he asks them to be bold too.
As Paul encourages these people to live their lives for Christ, the words that popped out to me were “striving side by side”. Side by side!??!?! That’s taken on an entirely different meaning now that we have to stay at least six feet apart. We are exploring how to stay connected in completely new ways, many of us zooming into the land of technology never before fully utilized or appreciated, as well as returning to simpler ways of old; a walk, a wave, a smile, a note, a phone call.
I’m inviting you to be “side by side” in two different ways this weekend:
- Live Sunday School on Zoom at 10am on Sunday join with this link https://zoom.us/j/446474795 All are invited, but this Palm Sunday experience will be geared toward our elementary age kiddos.
- Volunteer Via Video Remember that word we buried a few weeks ago? Yes. That one. This is a super secret mission!!! We need your help to bring “that word” back. All you have to do is send a short video of you saying it to Nicole. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook or text messages work too. Be creative and joyful!!!