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Welcome to our midweek devotions. Thank you for your patience as we took a break. And thank you for your prayers and your encouragement as my family and I have gone through some difficult times.

Many of you are aware that my two children's birth mom suddenly and sadly passed away. I am recording this devotion while we are on Vancouver Island and having celebrated her life at a graveside service. It has been tough. Yet through the kindness of friends and friends of friends, we've been able to stay in a lovely home. This has helped us gather our thoughts, pray, and settle our hearts.

Behind me, on the other side of the inlet, is the small coastal town of Sooke, where my two kids grew up. Being here on this beautiful day and in this lovely home reminds me of the Apostle Paul's words in Philippians 4:10-13:

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I've learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

The last verse, verse 13, is one many of us know, memorize, and turn to when we are in difficult times.

The context is fascinating. Paul is in prison. He's persecuted and he's alone. Yet, these Christians from Philippi, Christians whom he loved and who loved him, had taken time to support him in prayer and by meeting his physical needs.

Paul reflects on this. He says he has learned to be content in each situation, no matter whether it is good or bad. He's learned that God provides and that he can trust God. He knows that Jesus gives him strength to understand and face each situation.

This is a little like us on Vancouver Island, on a beautiful day with glorious views and with the blessing of a home that we've been able to use at this time. God provides and gives us the strength to face the situations we are experiencing while we’re here.

We all face difficult times. Maybe you face a difficult time now. Maybe there are difficult times ahead, of which you are unaware now. God can give you the strength to face them. He promises to. And we can trust him. We can say, “I've learned to be content no matter the circumstance because Jesus is my Lord.”

視頻大意翻譯 (video Chinese translation):



在我身後,海灣的另一邊,是我兩個孩子成長的海濱小鎮蘇克(Sooke)。在這美好的一天和這溫馨的家中,讓我想起使徒保羅在腓立比書 4:10-13 中的話:











Grace and peace

Pastor Callum