Paul is referring to Epaphroditus in this verse. In this post, we learned that Epaphroditus was invaluable to Paul. Here is more proof of Epaphorditus' kind servant's heart: he was distressed because his people, the Philippians, had heard he was ill. He obviously did not want to cause worry to anyone.
To be "distressed" because someone hears we are ill seems to be an overstatement. But, I get it now, for two reasons.
1) Epaphroditus had no way to quickly reassure the Philippians, perhaps even his family, that he was now fine. He probably was anxious to let them know he was healthy again.
2) I hated - hated - telling my husband I had a tumor in my breast. I HATED that. And then I had to tell my 83 year-old dad. He looked like I had slapped him, even though I told him as gently as I could. My step-mother (I call her Mama - but I didn't want to cause confusion here!) was so calm and strong for the entire two years of treatment and recovery. I just found out recently that she had insomnia and cried all the time. Oh goodness! Telling my children was so painful.
BUT (Remember this post on the word "but"?) the distress and undeserving guilt slowly dissipated as I realized
I did not choose this journey,
I did not chose to hurt them,
I did not chose this pain.
I share this because this is a common experience. And guess what?
LORD, again, my heart overflows with humbleness and appreciation for You! You have led me, healed me in so many areas and given me a journey that has allowed me to grow closer to You! You have surrounded me with people who love me and whom I love dearly! Thank You! I praise You!
Slow Stitching Sunday.
I'm so happy to report that my Quilty 365 is still up to date! How awesome is that?
Here are all of March's squares!
I have a loose system of color selection. Yellow is for happy days! There were a lot of happy days last week!