Recently I was doing my evening devotions and I started reading Philippians for what may be the first time, at least in a long time. As I started reading through the first chapter, the following set of verses really stood out to me. You see, I have lately been really missing my friends at Camp and truly wish I was working there again this summer…there is no place I would rather be in the entire world…but I am working to stay true to the path God has placed before me.
Nonetheless, I think about Camp constantly and spent time in prayer for my Camp family and friends, as well as all their efforts with various groups and campers.
As I was thinking about Camp, I came across this verse. It fits what I wish I could say to everyone at Camp. Philippians, a letter in the New Testament, was written by Paul to the church in Philippi. He was imprissoned at the time and could not be with them, so he turned to writing to them in words of encouragement and thankfulness. I may not be in prisson (don’t worry, mom, I’m fine), it almost feels like it-just because I am separated from them. So I too turn to words of thankfulness and encouragement, turning to the words penned by such a great man so many years ago. How true his words still hold.
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completionuntil the day of Christ Jesus.
It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testifyhow I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousnessthat comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
To Camp: Keep up the hard work! I know it can be difficult and tiring sometimes, but I have full faith that you will prevail. I wish you all the best and look forward to when I see you again! You just never know when I may turn up….