Week of August 17, 2018
Are You Worried?
My children have cavities. Does this make me a bad mom?
These are the kind of thoughts that cross my mind. I have shared it before with this community and I share it again: I am a worrier. Not a warrior, but a worrier. Or maybe I am a Warrior Worrier. Anyway, I worry about things, from work concerns, to family concerns, to neighbor concerns, to world concerns.
I do not discriminate in my worrying—I worry for all and yet as a Christian, I am reminded again and again in the texts to put my trust in Christ. To know that God has got me in the palm of God’s hand. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. To come to Christ with all burdens and know he offers rest.
I know all of this intellectually—well, even more than that, I believe all of this (my vocation is based on belief in these things). I may have reminded YOU, when you have been in the hospital or called with a concern, that you do not need to worry, and to trust and know that you are held in the palm of God’s hand. I have encouraged US as a community, a church, to know that God’s got us, God has a direction for us. We need to trust, wait, and see what God will reveal.
And yet it is that in-between time, the waiting for what is to be revealed, the clinging tightly to what is familiar even if it makes me feel bad, rather than trusting—that is the hard part.
Let go, and let God, right? That is what we are called to do. But how do we do it? I have discerned through the years that it really is a good idea to let go and let God. When I have practiced this, the results were outstanding.
One of the tangible ways that I am practicing the LETTING GOD part of this equation work is by putting myself in places where God can more easily reveal God’s self. Rather than staring at a screen, worrying about the world, and expecting God to intervene, I try to put myself in a place where I have witnessed God working, like in a trusted small group with others who are seeking God’s way.
It’s hard, though—I still look at my screen and worry sometimes. We’re never going to get it just right, all the time. As the Apostle Paul writes in a famous passage we’ll consider this Sunday, our daily lives on Earth are like looking into a dim mirror. Things aren’t clear, and often aren’t fair. That’s just the way it is.
So what to do? Hope to see you Sunday at 10 to talk about it!
Thanks for listening,
Please keep in your prayers:
Those with special concerns:
- Judy Brittingham
- Kindra Kirkeby
- The family and friends of Rosemary Morgan; Rosemary died on August 9.
Deborah and John Miller on the birth of their granddaughter, Julia Katherine Boswell, on August 13.
Members and family serving in the military:
- Edward Allen
- Jenny Sigel Burkett
- Matthew Horton
- Mason Louthan
- Nathan Thomas Meade
Please let us know if you have a joy or concern that we may lift up in prayer. Contact Mary Kay Collins, or any of our pastors. If you are in immediate need of pastoral care, please call the church office at 358-2383. During night and weekend hours, your call will be transferred to a pastor on call.
Friday, August 17
Harvey Snook, II
Saturday, August 18
Cam Beck, Jr.
Jones Brackett, Jr.
Sunday, August 19
Monday, August 20
Tuesday, August 21
Bo Morano, IV
Wed., August 22
Thursday, August 23
Friday, August 24