The Philippians, in spite of their poverty, had sent gifts to Paul in prison that satisfied his needs. He wrote to thank them for their generosity and assured them:
…my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NRSV
Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you conclude these four weeks of meditation leading to Easter and resurrection joy.
Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 4:18b–23 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 197.
What the key word or idea do you need to hear today?
These meditations, like Paul’s letter, begin and end with grace and gratitude. Read Chapter 28 of Reclaiming Joy. Ella’s stories are from her personal experience. Your stories are different. Where, if anywhere, do you relate to her story?
Who are the most generous people you have known? What makes them special?
Think back to gifts you have received through the years. Do you recall any gifts that represented time or money the giver couldn’t afford? Which gifts have been most meaningful? Why?
Did you grow up in a home where generosity and expressing gratitude were the norm? Has that influenced you in any way? Do you enjoy giving? Is saying “thank you” easy for you?
Read pages 201 and 202. Take inventory. Where are you on the generosity scale? What is the lesson that you have learned today?
What can you do now to move toward a joy that expresses itself in generosity?
On page 198 Ella writes that living in gratitude mode means “paying it forward, letting my gratitude overflow on others, being as generous with my time, talent and treasure as others were toward me.” In other words, gratitude should lead to generosity. Do you agree?
What three acts of kindness are you thankful for today? Who are you thankful for? Do you need to thank them? Do you need to pay it forward? How?
Have you learned any lessons as you have meditated on Philippians that will continue to help you on your journey to joy?
© Ella Wall Prichard, 2019