Be anxious for nothing

Be anxious for nothing . . .”  The apostle Paul wrote these words as he was winding up his letter to the church in Philippi (Philippians 4:6).  They are part of a grouping of general exhortations which was Paul’s customary way of ending his letters to churches.  Here in this letter Paul was trying to encourage the church by telling them to not be anxious. To that, I say, “Yeah, right!”
 
My experience is that when someone is telling me not to be anxious it is because there is plenty to be anxious about.   Friends, we are living in such a time.  The news is full of anxiety producing information.  If that’s not bad enough the sensationalized way in which it is delivered ratchets up our anxiety to even higher levels. Add to that the division in the country which produces opposing interpretations of the facts, and you have all the reason you need for having a full-on anxiety attack.  But before you do, listen to the apostle Paul’s full exhortation:
 
Be anxious for nothing 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 minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).
 
Prayer is the vaccination that wards off the infectious nature of anxiety.  During this crazy time we’re living in we could all use a big dose of it.  Join me in praying for our church as we continue to struggle with how to best serve our members, our community, and our country.  Pray for the Leadership Team as they deliberate on the future of the church, and for the Search Committee as they continue their work in seeking new pastoral leadership.  And prayer for those who are anxious about returning, or unable to return, to church. 
 
Know that my prayers are with you.  May the peace of God descend on your heart.  Amen.
 
Pastor Paul