Peaceful Words for Stressful Times

Have you ever had a full calendar, I mean a FULL calendar and then had to figure out how to add more things in?  It’s a challenge isn’t it?  It creates a level of stress that just kind of builds within us.  And sometimes just about the time the stress seems to get right to the top, lo and behold something else comes along that needs to be added!!

Amid that time crunch we feel, there are the other stressors too, right?  There is the uncertainty in the world.  There are the issues we’re dealing with as a General Church, there are the struggles that we have in the Local Church and in our communities.  There are, for many of us, family issues that are troubling and are filled with nuances that are very difficult to navigate.  There’s all this stuff that too often wakes us up in the early morning hours and won’t let us get back to sleep.

Well if any of this sounds familiar, (if it doesn’t then I’m glad for you and celebrate that reality), I invite you to join me in hearing a passage of Scripture I go to often when the stress level rises in me.

I love those words of Jesus from Matthew 6:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

These are stressful times.  Our calendars our full and the concerns of life can easily begin to push in on us.  We wonder what will happen next as we wait for the proverbial other shoe to drop.

In the midst of it all, friends, I would proclaim to us today that God is good, God is with us, God is for us, God does not leave us or forsake us, God will see us through.  Hold onto that reality and let it sink down deep inside you.  It’s what we believe.  It’s the good news we have to offer the world and to ourselves.

Peace,
Bill

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