Paul's Letter to the Philippians

Paul corresponded from his prison cell
To the church at Philippi
And though he was in chains
Joy remained his heartfelt cry

For he said, "To live is Christ
And to die is surely gain
Rejoice, rejoice"
Was his encouraging refrain

He considered everything a loss
Compared to knowing Christ
So he pressed toward the goal
For the reward of heaven's prize

"Rejoice in the Lord
For He is near
So ask Him for your needs
There is no cause for fear

For the peace of God
Which passes understanding
Will guard your hearts and minds
And leave you in good standing"

Paul urged us all to think on things
That are true and noble, right
Whatever's pure and lovely
Should be the focus of our minds

He had learned the secret of contentment

In every diverse hour:
I can do all things through Christ
Who gives me power

"My God will supply all your needs,"
He declared as he greeted them
"And the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
Be with your spirit. Amen"
December 4, 2004

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