''Him Who Strengthens''
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
- Philippians 4:12-13
Fortunately, I have never felt the bite of being truly hungry or the oppression of poverty. All in all, and compared to many in the world, I live in abundance. But what I have learned--and what St. Paul is trying to teach the church at Philippi--is that neither our poverty nor our abundance is how we will be measured by God. What matters is to whom we turn. If we are in abundance, we should turn to God in gratitude and remind ourselves that our abundance is not our own doing. It is a gift. And if we find ourselves in need, it is only God who offers the kind of strength and sustenance that lasts. That, too, is a gift.
God of every good and lasting thing, strengthen me.
- Steve Givens
Courtesy of: http://www.livingfaith.com/devotion-10-11-2020