Sunday, July 20, 2014

Don't Get Too Close

By Allen White

How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Philippians 4:10

The Philippians were concerned for Paul over his imprisonment. Even if Paul’s incarceration was house arrest, it was still unpleasant and very limiting.

As I am writing these final devotionals, my family is quarantined. (Don’t worry. I haven’t touched your book). Our sons have the flu and with the swine flu pandemic all the rage, we were all instructed to take Tamiflu and stay home. The doctor said, “If you don’t have food, then have someone bring food.” We are grateful for friends and for Domino’s Pizza should the need arise. Paul had no choice either and for a much longer time than us. If it wasn’t for friends sending gifts, Paul might not have made it. The state really didn’t feel obligated to help prisoners back then.

Now, imprisonment and quarantine both seem pretty extreme. But, there are people who need our help and might not be able to help themselves. Do you know someone who is home-bound or in a nursing home? Do you know someone who is lonely and needs a conversation over coffee? Your kindness this week could make all the difference in the world to someone.

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