I typically avoid the news and get most of my information about what is going on in the world from people I’m close to or missionaries whose updates I follow. I know my own tendency to be overwhelmed by the fear that often pervades the more traditional sources of news these days and I find these alternative sources keep me quite well informed.
Tonight I was reading a thread about ebola on a forum I sometimes participate in and one link lead to another and I found myself in a very anxious state. I almost immediately turned to Philippians. I read it aloud and focused on the words. I am so grateful for this particular section that Paul included in his letter:
“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:5-7
I took the extra step of repeating these verses over and over until I had them memorized. If you’re anxious about anything today I encourage you to do the same. May the peace of God guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.