Philip & The nasty carpet
Posted on January 26th, 2016

​I felt bad asking Philip to help pull out that nasty basement carpet.
 
Philip, a religious studies major at Westmont College, spent this past summer with us invested in Network. The day before heading back for his sophomore year, I asked Philip to tell me one highlight from his time at Network.
 
“The day I pulled up the carpet,” he said. And I laughed.
 
Philip said working side by side with long-time Network folk made him feel more at home - like family. Participating in that ridiculous carpet project allowed Philip to settle in and feel like one of us.
Philip’s story reminds me of Paul’s description of Jesus in Philippians chapter 2.
 
Although He existed in the form of God, Jesus did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, and being made in the likeness of humans. (2: 7-8)
 
In the gospels, how often do we see the powerful Son of God just hanging out in the smelly boats of fishermen or sharing dinner in the home of despised tax collectors and prostitutes. Our friend, Philip, made coffee, played some chess, and pulled carpet. “I’ll be back every chance I get” he said.
 
Through God’s grace this has been the ministry of Network for 35 years. Open the doors, start the coffee, live and laugh side by side as if we all belong in this life together…
like a family. 
 
Thanks for serving us, Philip! And thank you Christ for the way you help us feel at home.  
 
One beggar to another,

Ryan


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