“I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.” – Philemon 1:6-7
I signed up for a Facebook account a few years ago so that I could see pictures of my grandchildren, great-nieces and great-nephews, and my friends’ growing families. During the time I’ve been a member of Facebook, I’ve received several friend requests, with many being from family and folks from my church and quite a few requests from people I went to school with.
One day my friend Janice suggested that several of our college buddies and I “friend” one of our mutual pals, Kim. I remembered that she married one of the guys from college, so I was acquainted with both of them. When I visited her page, I found out that her husband was in the hospital with serious medical issues. He was in need of prayer.
Soon these friends who reconnected me to Kim sent up prayers for Joe and typed words of encouragement to Kim. I have not seen these people in more than thirty years, yet God brought us together again so that we could lift up our brother and sister in Christ to him and pour our love over them.
God knew that Kim and Joe needed encouragement and he knew who to send their way. He does that for all of his children. I love that God intertwines the people in my life. My prayer is that he continues to give me opportunities to refresh and encourage the hearts of his people.