Jan. 26, 2022
19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
21For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.
23Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.
24But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.
25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.
26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.
27For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:
30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.
We in the APA (Anglican Province of America) are blessed to have a Presiding Bishop of similar nature to St. Paul. He keeps in touch with us, even during the recent passing of his beloved father; he was able to get to North Carolina to be with his mother and took care of the funeral as well as supporting his mom. But he continued to post the Saint days prayers and kept us ‘in the loop’ as to his schedule.
St. Paul advises that Timothy will be in Philippi as soon as they know the outcome of Paul’s imprisonment but that Epaphroditus, whom Paul also holds in high regard, is on his way to them. The shepherd tending his flock – as our Great Shepherd tends to us. As our Bishops tend to us. We are never alone, regardless of how we feel sometimes; people – in church and out of church – pray for us, support us, will be with us if we need them.
Jesus taught us well.