4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Okay, God …
When Paul wrote to those folks in Philippi, he told them to rejoice always. Even when they were worried. Even when they were struggling with being Christians in their time and place. He told them not to worry, but to pray. Today, I’m struggling, Lord. Times are getting tough, and there are a lot of people out there suffering. And it’s making me wonder where you are. Wondering if you’re care about the world anymore.
But … somehow I know you do care. I know you are with me, and that you have given all people the ability to do something to make this world that seems so rotten sometimes … somehow, better. Please, help me to see you. Help me to know you are here, and that I don’t have to worry about tomorrow. Help me to always find ways to rejoice and give thanks for your grace, your peace, your love, and for life You bore on the cross for me. Amen.