Philippians 1:26
By my Coming

26 That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

The news is out – he is coming here.
Is this met with anticipation or a sense of fear?
The last time he came he really condemned us,
Not calling us by name but telling us we must
Conform to what he says, we must do things his way.
What he simply means is he has the answers or there’s a price to pay.

That would be awful if it is said about me.
I would hope some would come out even if only to see
That I care about them all and their joy of faith –
Because I know they live and work in this very place.
And daily people watch them wanting to know
If what they believe is real or is it all for show.

By God’s grace, I desire to bring some rejoicing –
That can give holy joy and some real encouraging
Teaching that makes the Christian life real
In a hurting world that only God can heal.
As I go now to speak, may my words be with grace;
And may every saint of God leave with joy on their face.

“When invitations come Father, please make me aware of how I can bring joy and hope to Thy people. Help me to build them up in the faith. Let them know in some way that they are important to me and to Thee. If my words, actions and attitudes are the things Thou art going to use – please let me exemplify the dignity, honor and respect for them they deserve. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.”

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