Take Heart

I’m really good at worrying.  Nope, not proud to admit that.  But it seems like there are so many things to get anxious about.  Whether it’s poverty, wars, gas prices, inflation,  that awful health diagnosis, or a friend grieving the loss of a parent,  there’s a lot to worry about.  When someone I love is in crisis – one of my parents, a friend, or one of my 11 nieces or nephews, I’m really good at fretting and getting twisted up in knots about what the future holds. In fact, I have a fear of the unknown as I write this because,  I just got stung by a yellowjacket and hives are forming all over my body!

All this worry can make you feel like Bilbo Baggins from J.R.R. Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings: “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”  But then I remember Who is in charge.  I Peter 5:7 reminds us to, “Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” We can trust the Creator of the Universe for our future, no matter what is ahead. 

I love that when we listen to The Fish, we’re reminded every day not to worry.  Steven Curtis Chapman just wrote a new song called “Don’t Lose Heart”.  The song carries so much credibility written by a dad who knows what it’s like to tragically lose a child.  Here are a few of the powerful lyrics:

When you say God help me

You’re wondering if he’s even listening

Truth is, I’ve wondered the very same thing

So, you don’t have to feel ashamed.

Hear the song He’s singing over you

Don’t lose heart

I won’t ever let you go

I’m right where you are

You’re safe in my arms

You can take so much comfort in God’s promise to be with us no matter what life throws our way.  Let’s face this week together casting all our anxiety on Him!

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