March 16

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything, through 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NRSV)

During this time of uncertainty, my mind races everywhere, keeping me up at night as I think and worry about the ones I care most about. These are difficult and unknown waters that we are navigating, and frankly, we are all doing the best that we can to respond as we are able.

When I find myself tossing and turning at 3 in the morning, one of my favorite ways to settle down in prayer is to repeat today’s Scripture over and over. And sometimes I do the shortened form that Leonard Sweet once taught me:

Anxious nothing,
Prayerful everything
Thankful anything
Peace, peace, peace.

Prayer from the Heart:
Most Holy One, when I am confused by the complexities of this life, guide me so I can stop seeking to make sense of everything and instead start trusting that your hand is at work in the midst of this crisis. When I find myself vulnerable and unable to control my usually well-ordered world, enable me to experience the freedom of letting go and allowing you to be at work in my situation, bringing wholeness and resolution. When I begin to worry, remind me to turn my anxieties into prayer, not only for myself, but for all those who need your rock-steady presence in this time. O Lord, when I am immersed in a storm of suffering, help me to walk in trust as you reveal my path one step at a time. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Deb Kaiser-Cross

Minister for Congregational Care

Prompt for Reflection

What do I need to let go? How can I turn my worry into prayer?

Prayers for others:

For the most vulnerable ones in this crisis – those unknown to us, as well as those we know and love.

Gracious God, help me to remember that you are always with us, through every situation of life. Amen.