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November 1, 2023

Dear Church of the Open Bible,

It’s nice to be noticed. It’s nice to be thought of. This is often a complaint of those who are struggling to feel connected in a relationship, be it in marriage, with friends, or even at church. How do you react to the feeling of not being noticed or concerned about by others? In Philippians 4, Paul writes about how he has learned to be content in every circumstance. He has learned that he can trust in God’s strength to do all things. Grand statements of faith in God, but Paul still appreciates the Philippian’s care.


“I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me.”  (4:10) “Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.”  (4:14)


These verses remind me that the little things matter. I don’t always do well at this but taking a moment to reach out is important. Taking some time for an email or a text or a call or a coffee, all communicate something. But rather than wait on others, we should lead by example. So take a moment and ask God who you can “revive your concern for” today. Whose trouble you can enter into with? These are not inconsequential. And as Paul goes on to explain, as we care in this way, we will grow and experience God’s care in our own lives.