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By Jan Knicely
Associate in Ministry, emeritus, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church 

Cling to Christ

 

November 18, 2020



Enough! Enough already!!! That seems to be the cry of people across our country. We are seeing more anxiety as thoughts and conversations seem to turn to the Covid- 19 virus, the 2020 election, fires, droughts, hurricanes, loss of jobs, loneliness, concern for family and friends and tragic loss of lives. Even people who are usually optimistic are having a hard time overcoming the hardships and negativity that surround us.

During trying times, my grandmother would always say, “This, too, will pass”. That always helped me through my tough times while growing up and through the years. However, this is the first time I really question her wisdom and would sure like to ask her just how long it has to take?!

I am sure many of you have your own questions about these trying times. Where do we turn when we are full of questions and anxiety? We must keep our eyes upon Jesus. Martin Luther wrote, “When you have Him you have all, but you have also lost all when you lose Him. Stay with Christ, although your eyes do not see Him and your reason does not grasp Him.” It is times like these when our eyes may not see Him and our reason does not understand. Yet, we must cling to Him.

Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by 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 minds through Christ Jesus.”

In his book, Anxious for Nothing, Max Lucado writes:” Philippians 4:6-7 is the most underlined passage in the Bible. According to this promise, anxiety comes with life, but it doesn’t have to dominate your life. With God as your helper and this verse at your side, you can sleep better tonight and smile more tomorrow.”

Yes, Grandma was right again. This, too, will pass. … one day at a time. Each day we cling to

Christ, trusting in Him. He is our Perfect Peace.

 

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