6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 is one of the New Testament lectionary readings from last Sunday. I don’t know about you, but I have read these verses and thought, ‘Are you kidding God? Don’t worry about anything????? Have you seen what is going on down here? We have floods and wildfires. We are in a major pandemic. We have people full of anger and hate that breed more anger and hate. Oh, do not forget our children, are they getting the education they need and deserve? And the big questions, should we worship in person… or not?! DON’T WORRY?’
Some people may think if you just become indifferent about the things around us that will take care of any anxiety. “Don’t worry, be happy”. But God wants us to care. He needs us to stand up for those who cannot stand up for themselves, like our children who need an education. He tells us to love our neighbors even when they are not lovable, like the people who hurt others or destroy other people’s property. God wants us to reach out and support the people in the path of the storms and the folks who have lost their homes to fire. Not worrying about anything seems like an impossible task.
But the Lord does not give us a burden and leave us alone to figure it out by ourselves. He always provides a way forward.
In verse 6 God tells us to PRAY. Let Him know our request, PRAY with thanksgiving. We can be thankful because we know God is with us. We are not alone. And as we pray, Verse 7 says, “the God of peace GUARDS our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.“
Years ago, my husband Mark and I went on vacation to London. One day our tour group was standing on a small, cobblestone road in front of Windsor Castle waiting for the changing of the guard. Suddenly, we heard a loud angry holler. One of the royal guards was marching straight towards us. None of us understood his words but we all knew his message “Get out of my way!” And we did. After he passed our tour guide explained that these royal guards were trained to march from point A to point B. Everyone was expected to get out of their way, they veered for no one. I would like to think God’s peace, the peace that guards my heart and mind is like the Royal Guard’s resolve. His peace stops for no one or nothing!
On November 10th and 11th, we will hold four sub-district Lay Leadership gatherings. This will be a time for all church leaders to come together, share our concerns and joys, and help each other give thanks to our God of peace. A Zoom invitation will be coming soon, times for each sub-district are below. I look forward to our fellowship.
In the meantime,
Look to the God of peace in all you do.
Don’t worry, be thankful.
Heritage District Co-Lay leader
Nov. 10th: Laity Sub-District Meetings
5:30pm SE Sub-District Laity Zoom Meeting
7:00pm NE Sub-District Laity Zoom Meeting
Nov. 11th: Laity Sub-District Meetings
5:30pm SW Sub-District Laity Zoom Meeting
7:00pm NW Sub-District Laity Zoom Meeting