Pr. Cathy Daharsh
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” - Philippians 4:6
Why is it so easy for us to worry? We live in a time when there is an increasing problem of worry. Worry is a powerful force that "messes" with who we are leaving us frustrated, cranky, and confused about life situations. I confess that I have had moments that I have been sick with worry about something in the news, when my children struggle, or when there has been conflict in the church. Worry can take over our whole being, which can literally make physically ill. Paul’s answer to this is very straight forward, “Do not be anxious about anything.”
Doesn’t it seem, though, that every time you try to stop worrying you worry all the more? You can’t stop 'worry' just by the exercise of will power. As with most things, it’s not a quick fix. We learn from Paul in our readings from the book of Philippians that it is like running a race, and in every situation, every worry bring it to God with prayer and petitions. Nothing is too small or big to bring to God.
The temptation for us is to do more worrying than praying. It takes practice to pray first in the midst of challenges that bring worry. Praying will not solve the problem but continuous prayer I believe does help us to see things differently, to take a breath, and to find footing to carry on and forward with a healthier perspective.
We are coming to a time in the church that can be a period of worry for me as we talk about the finances and health of the church for next year and finishing out this year. I worry if we will have enough money to pay for what has been budgeted. I worry about not having enough money pledged for next year to do the ministries we are called to and to pay our staff what they deserve. I worry about not having enough money to maintain our building and renovate for the future. Paul’s letter to the Philippians has reminded me to take it to God in prayer so that I am not absorbed by worry and trust that God will provide. It’s a good reminder for all of us. It’s easy to get caught up in worry, but Christ calls us into relationship and trust in him to find peace and focus.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. (Phil 4.7)
In Christ's Peace,