Rejoice in the Lord always! I will say it again! Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Don't be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Lord is ever present with us ! That is our joy! He loves the sound of our voices. He holds the truth, the best for us. Rejoice!
I think of the anxiety our life holds: some things in our control, most not. We currently have a pandemic encircling the globe. Differing solutions. Contentious debates. A time when we might support each other, the disease requires we separate. Not only is daily life disrupted, but political processes are in question. National leadership worries us.
Yet God! If I wallow in my misery and worries, I miss seeing his activity. I miss seeing him. Paul tells us to call out. He says to find that sacred place where our pleas can be pure. Prayer and petition. My tears need not be. I need not be afraid! God is present. He is able.
Dear Lord, watch over my heart and mind! Lift my understanding. In fact, lift me to you! It is there I can have a wider view. Maybe I can see things as you see them. Amen!
Peace comes from having a different perspective, God's perspective, knowing that God is in control and that he has a plan. A plan that is limitless, dependable and for our good. Rejoice!