“Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.”
–Philippians 1:3–6 (MSG)
Philippians is Paul’s happiest letter.
Translator/Author Eugene Peterson says, “and the happiness is infectious. Before we’ve read a dozen lines, we begin to feel the joy ourselves—the dance of words and the exclamations of delight have a way of getting inside us.”
These pictures tell the happy, joyful, dancing, singing tale of this year’s Vacation Bible School, which wrapped up earlier today. This Sunday’s worship will include us all. Come. See. Be like Jesus.
Christ is, among much else, the revelation that God cannot be contained or hoarded. It is this spilling-out quality of Christ’s life that accounts for the happiness of Christians, for joy is life in excess, the overflow of what cannot be contained within any one person.
I’ll see you in the body of Christ this Sunday,