I, Paul, am a prisoner for the sake of Christ, here with my brother Timothy. I write this letter to you, Philemon, my good friend and companion in this work -
also to our sister Apphia, to Archippus, a real trooper, and to the church that meets in your house.
God's best to you! Christ's blessings on you!
Every time your name comes up in my prayers, I say, "Oh, thank you, God!"
I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other Christians.
And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)