Rev Kaye Ronalds, a member of the Uniting Church Defence Force Chaplains Committee and the Uniting Church Member Religious Advisory Committee to the Services has written in relation to the recent announcements by the Chief of the Defence Force relating to the Afghanistan Inquiry.
Reflection of the Week - 7 April 2020
Posted in Faith
How many times is our whole mind consumed with worry over something?
It seems to draw us down into an abyss that is such hard a place to climb out from.
It affects every part of our day and night and so often the worries are about things that have not yet happened.
Jesus told the disciples in Luke's Gospel chapter 12, verses 22 and 23 that we worry needlessly about many aspects of our lives.
Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.
Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.
We need to take stock of ourselves and see if our lives are reflecting God's glory
or if they are merely images, dulled by worry and anxiety.
Help me to assess each problem that I encounter so that I
may lessen the burden of worry.
Clear my mind of needless worries and anxieties.
Allow me to think clearly so that I can see through my fears.
I want to anticipate the good that is going to happen and accentuate
the positive parts of my life
Compassionate and Understanding God,
Assist me to hand over all my worries and anxieties to You,
knowing that You listen and that You care
Help me take each moment as it comes and to not worry about what may happen,
but revel and enjoy each moment as it occurs.
Thank You that You never tire of taking my worries and my anxieties
giving me the peace and the strength to deal with them.
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