Philippians 1:1 Lectio: and. For my first Lectio Divina in a long time, I read no further than three words: “Paul and Timothy.” Curiously, the “shimmering phrase” that beckoned to me was the word “and.”
And. We call these “the letters of Paul.” But look at that! A surprising number of Paul’s letters are addressed from multiple people. This shows how intent he was on discipling.
And. They are a team. They are partners, working together. All the words we have, plus the prayers and conversations we don’t have… they were shared, and birthed out of their partnership.
And. They were friends. But it’s a friendship deeper than “liking each other,” or what churches call “community.” This is communitas, the bonds of shared endurance. …Oh Mike, how I miss you.
And. Paul is not only training Timothy by writing this with him; he is also releasing him as a leader by establishing him as an equal. But this is not a hierarchical hand-off of bureaucratic authority. It is a community of faith (Paul and Timothy), speaking to other communities of faith (the believers in Philippi). Life imparting life.
Paul and Timothy. A truly healthy spiritual life takes place only when one is being discipled, and has disciple. I haven’t had either a Paul or a Timothy in my life for many years now, and it shows. ++Lord, send me a Paul. Send me a Timothy.++
Jon and Kay. I misunderstood Kay’s lack of connection with the things that energize me as a rejection of those things. But I have spent the last few years learning that that’s not true at all. We’re just different people. Our differences have made as a team before, dancing, leaning on each other’s strengths. ++Thank you that you have united us again. Will you also use us again?++
Jesus and Jon. I in you and you in me. ++Come fill me. Let’s dance.++
Update: Dave Ingland has blogged the thoughts I stirred with this meditation.