Do Not Be Anxious
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."
To me, these scriptures are especially important for the situation in which we find ourselves today. We are walking in places we have not been before, secluded and unable to see and be with others or go to work or church or stores, etc. It is not life as we know it! We can be anxious, grumble and complain and become depressed, or we can get a hold of our emotions and begin to thank God for being with us and to see the blessings He is still pouring out on us.
For example, this pandemic is truly giving us more time to seek God and learn more His word and promises. There is a wealth of biblical knowledge on the internet, a multitude of ways we can learn and encourage ourselves in the Lord. He is still in control and is giving us this time to simplify our lives and prioritize what is really important and vital for us to live full and happy lives.
I realize it is easier for me, being a widow (living alone), and in good health and financially OK! But I too need to search myself and see where I have strayed and come back to gratefulness and a more disciplined life. With God's help, we will come though this stronger than ever and more grateful for Him in our lives.
Blessings and love to all,
Let us pray:
"Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen." (BCP 123)
"Lord Jesus, stay with us...; be our companion in the way, kindle our hearts, and awaken hope, that we may know you as you are revealed in Scripture...Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen." (BCP 124)