Devotional

The Cure For Anxiety
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Double lanes at the fast food drive thru.  That pretty much sums up our obsessions. What we want, and when we want it turns out to be everything, and immediately.

Yet in contrast, have you ever noticed that nature never rushes?  Grass growing.  Trees reaching for the sky.  Birds nesting in their branches.  They never seem to rush, but yet, they each seem to get done.

One day, on a hill on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, a crowd gathered to hear Jesus share His thoughts on how to live a life dedicated to pleasing God.  A life lived to glorify God, and enjoying him forever. A life not spent rushing.  A life not spent shrouded in shame and anxiety.

This meditation from the 6th chapter of Matthew will take you back to that sermon.  The sermon on the mount where you can meditate in the hope of Jesus’ cure for anxiety.

Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment, remain with your eyes closed…imagine again being in his creation.  Sitting amongst the flowers and birds of the field.  What anxious thoughts do you feel?  Imagine them approaching you as a breeze through the tall grass.  Don’t run away from the approaching breeze, you will only strengthen it.  See it coming.  Approaching.  Feel it wash over you.  Then past you.  Run your fingers through the grass as you listen to the birds of His creation.  The flowers are still there.  The birds are still singing.  And you are still in His care.  Be present in the field.  Present with God.  As you pause here let your hands and fingers reach out to touch what you are wearing.   Something soft.  Something comforting.  Be reminded in this moment that God’s care is available, now, and here.

Pray now that you remember to stop being worried or anxious, perpetually uneasy, and distracted about your life.  God cares for you and provides for you more than anything else in His creation.  And besides, worrying won’t add one hour to the length of your life.   Now to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever will be. Amen.

Today you have the opportunity to be cared for.  Expect anxiety.  Anticipate it approaching and expect it to subside.  Leaving you whole and present.  It has come before.  It has passed before.  God has been there before.  He is here now.  He will be here again. 

So when you are ready, step into your day and be mindful of moments to be cared for by God.   

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Devotional

Everything Depends On These
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You’ve gotten into those conversations at parties haven’t you?  Going around the circle and everyone names their favorite movie, their favorite restaurant, their most cherished vacation spot.

It’s always hard to answer isn’t it?  It depends. Your answer may vary by your mood, or who you’re with.  Or, maybe you have several favorites and can’t decide.

Then as soon as you do decide…you hear someone else’s answer and think…oh, I forgot, yes I like that one too.

Jesus was once pulled into a similar conversation.  He was asked which of God’s commandments were the most important.  His answer might not have been dissimilar to one you might give.  He said, I can’t think of just one, but two come to mind.  

This meditation from the 22nd chapter of Matthew will help you use love to steer you through life, to navigate you in and around all that you encounter.

Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment, remain with your eyes closed…imagine being back at the party.  The conversation going around the circle.  You are nervous as it gets closer and closer to you.  Even the question makes you nervous.  You don’t know how you will answer.  The other answers are interesting.  Will yours be as provocative and thoughtful?  Finally it gets to you.  Everyone looks at you and asks…”So, go ahead, tell us what you think is the number one rule to living a fulfilling life?”  How do you feel?  How do you answer?  Weave your way through your thoughts for a minute as you craft a response.

Let me pray that you remember to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ And likewise to love your neighbor as yourself that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others. Now to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and forever will be. Amen.

Today you have the opportunity to love.  Expect opportunities to love.  Look for them—moments to love God more by loving others more.  

So when you are ready, step into your day and be mindful of moments to encounter God in love.