Thanks for your prayers, everyone. Nick is still running a low-grade fever, but hopefully that will subside in a few days after the antibiotics kick in. He says he has felt so exhausted the past few days. There is comfort in at least knowing that it's his body fighting off infection, and nothing more serious.
Nick was just saying today that he knows there is no way that he would be making it through this without the prayer and love from everyone. He is so grateful for the group of people that surrounds him. I remember when we first starting attending Chets, the sermon series was on Philippians and the joy that Paul experienced in knowing that he was loved and lifted up by a strong community of Christians. It is so amazing that only a couple years down the road, such a message radiates so strongly from our lives.
This past week, I've been looking through chapter 4 of Philippians, and I was blown away by the notes in my study Bible in references to verses 10-19: "He (Paul) also wants to reassure them (the Philippians) that in the context of their sharing, loving, praying partnership in the gospel, his needs have been fully met." These kinds of relationships have been so prevalent in our lives, especially in the past month, and people have been so generous with their time, their prayers, and their encouragement in so many ways. In this way, you all have met needs that can only be satisfied through the love we find together in Jesus.
The reference also says : "Although Paul has nothing material to give back to the Philippians within the give-and-take of this reciprocal relationship, he knows that God will meet their every need in Christ." And this we know to be true, friends, that God will meet your every need, also.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.