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 4:6-7

"Be anxious for nothing" sounds like a command. But which of us is able to simply turn off our anxiety and worries? None of us, I suspect. However, what we can do when we realize we are stressing about a given situation is cause it to remind us to pray for the persons involved and for the situation itself. And then that peace, which makes no earthly sense, will descend on us and make us whole.


And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. - Hebrews 10:24-25

During dinner with a friend last night he commented that missing church would be like missing a great banquet set before you. While that is a great analogy and sentiment, it can be taken to mean that attending via Zoom or even having one’s own private devotional time can be as good as physically being together. As Pastor pointed out in his sermon, being physically present allows us to touch each other in ways of which we may not be aware but through which the Holy Spirit works powerfully. I pointed out to my friend that the wonderful dinner we were sharing at that moment was only possibly because others - e.g. the cooks and wait staff - had shown up as well. Let's all be present so that the meal can be as wonderful and meaningful as God intends it to be.

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