Dear All Saints Family,
In a world where we have news instantly, not only locally but from around the world, we may feel overwhelmed by events beyond our control. We may feel anxiety about the stock market or the current political climate. Especially now with the threat of the Coronavirus we may not only feel overwhelmed but also frightened. What is the response God invites us into during times like these?
Thankfully, the Scriptures have many helpful things to say to help us live by faith rather than fear. Psalm 23 reminds us that, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you,” and Isaiah 46 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.” The Bible reminds us that we can turn to God when we are afraid, and God will give us help and courage in difficult times. When we take our worries to God and faithfully entrust them into God’s hands, we have the peace of knowing that God is for us, loving us and caring for us in all circumstances.
Jesus came to live in the world in a human body. He understands how hard it is to have courage and not be afraid. He told his followers often not to be afraid because God knows all of our needs and cares for us. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Jesus’ peace is different from the peace of the world because it is not dependent upon circumstances. It is a deep abiding peace we can have at all times, through the Holy Spirit, no matter what is happening around us.
St. Paul writes in one of his letters, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” We can bring all of our cares and worries to God, whose shoulders are big enough to carry them all for us. By entrusting our cares to God, we can receive the peace that is not dependent on circumstances, which is the peace of Christ.