Reading: Philippians 1: 21-30 (Click to read text)
Reflection: Paul wrote, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (v. 21) Sounds like a take-off of the famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy. Oh, but wait. Paul came first. Right. This is Paul in Rome during the reign of Nero and Paul’s survival at the time of this writing was in serious jeopardy! Christians were being fed to hungry lions or burned as torches. And here he is writing, from prison mind you, of JOY! Why? Because God is stronger than death, and that makes a Christian’s joy indestructible.
What will you face today that is either life-giving or life-draining? To live is Christ – Joy! To die (or maybe today just to feel drained) is also – Joy! Some things will go well; other things will go wrong. As Christians, we can always go with Joy. --Ruth Gates, Camp Mount Luther Family Camper
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