Poem from a Pastor

Meditation on Philippians 1:18-26

I long to leave this foggy land,

And sail the ranging sea.

To loose the tether and the band

And let my soul fly free.

What waits for me I cannot say,

But glory it will be.

So do not bid me here to stay.

To fairer harbor I would flee.

But harken how the pilot speaks.

His truth will never lie.

He tells me I must stay some weeks.

More cargo He does spy.

As fruitful labor still lies ashore,

And freedom't better seas ahead

Until the cargo hold has more,

My foot still here on land must tread.

For glory to my captain I bring.

Desiring increase to His fame,

Others I seek, this song to sing:

"To live is Christ, to die is gain."

- Pastor from Portland

Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. Philippians 1:18-26 ESV

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