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A message from the Pastor ...

All of us go through hard times.  There is no life that is exempt from difficult

circumstances.  It can be illness, finances, jobs, relationships, any number

of situations.  Whatever the events, at some time or another, we all feel

varying amounts of anxiety, we lose sleep, and we worry.

Our world situation also raises some anxious moments for all of us.  Violence

seems so random and senseless.  We all ask, “What kind of world do we live in?”  All of us feel frightened at times in our lives.

But Jesus was very clear in the Sermon on the Mount when he said worrying was useless.  He asked his listeners, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his/her life?"  (Matt. 6:27).  Useless or not, we still seem to do it!

Ancient people in the Bible knew anxiety as well.  (We modern folks aren’t the only people who have concerns!)  But in Psalm 131, the Psalm writer said that he had “stilled and quieted” his soul.”  (Ps. 131:2).  How did he do that?

I believe one of the ways to quiet our hearts is through remembering God’s promises that are found in the Bible.  A beloved congregant in my former church called those promises “shock absorbers.”  That’s exactly what they are—shock absorbers—words from our loving God that can take some of the impact out of the bumps and jolts we receive from life.  There are promises in Scripture that can bring rest and assurance to our hearts and minds. 

May I suggest a few “shock absorbers” from the list I use? 

You might want to try—“I will never leave you or forsake you.”  (Joshua 1:5).

Or “My God will meet all your needs according to God’s glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”  (Phil. 4:19)

For sleepless nights you might want to remember this verse:  “In peace I will lie down and sleep; for you, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”  (Ps. 4:8)

You might even want to visualize, “I will hold you by my powerful right hand.”  (Isaiah 41:10)

I also recommend this personal favorite that I used many times when my son Stephen was in Iraq and Afghanistan, “I know whom I have believed and am convinced that God is able to guard that which I have entrusted to Him until that day.”  (2 Timothy 1:12)

God has given us these—and many other promises to remind us that we are not alone—that we are cared for—that we are loved with an everlasting love.  I encourage you to try some of the “shock absorbers” God has given us in Scripture.  I hope they will be a source of strength and comfort, whatever your circumstances might be.

~ Pastor Vicky

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