Philippians 4:4-9 (CEB)
4 Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! 5 Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. 6 Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. 7 Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
8 From now on, brothers and sisters, if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable, focus your thoughts on these things: all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure, all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise. 9 Practice these things: whatever you learned, received, heard, or saw in us. The God of peace will be with you.
God of peace, you tell us not to worry, but some days that feels impossible. The weight of our own personal anxieties alongside concern for our neighbors can seem like too much to bear. Help us not to ignore these real feelings, but also not to get stuck in them. Turn our hearts toward you, in the midst of it all, that our determination to keep showing up might be an act of praise to you in itself. Amen.
Written by Rev. Allison Wehrung (she/her/hers), UKirk Ole Miss (Oxford, MS)
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