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  “Don’t be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6-8

 

Heavenly Father, whew… nothing in this passage suggests it’s only the spiritually immature who experience feelings of anxiety, fear, and worry. That’s what the devil would like us to think, and it’s a blue-ribbon-winning recipe for adding guilt and shame on top of our anxieties.

Rather, you call us to the “stewardship” of those feelings. King David said, “When (not if) I am afraid, I will trust in you.” (Psalm 56:3). We want to follow suit. Better to cast our cares on you (1 Peter 5:7) than to keep cramming them into the backpacks we lug through the day. Or worse, to treat our family like pack mules, heaping our fears on them.

Father, you don’t guarantee us everything we ask of you, but you do guarantee nothing will separate us from your love, or thwart your plan for our lives. You are at work at all times in all things for our good. Hallelujah!

Before Covid-19 variants use every letter in the alphabet, before the Day of perfect health arrives, before your glory fills the earth, you intend for your peace to rule in our hearts—more so than any other influence.

Before we know the outcome of our children’s stories, before wolves and lambs lie down together; before cancer, evil, racism, war, human trafficking, and meanness expire—peace with you, and peace from you, are the greatest heart-guards we could ever have. So Very Amen

 

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