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Post a Comment. Home About Me Moving to Scotland. Sunday, July 29, Going in circles: a sermon. Teri Peterson. Going in Circles. Matthew Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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 Going In Circles - Fewjar - Until hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. And the God of peace will be with you.
It feels pretty close to impossible to follow this piece of advice in a world full of fake news designed to cause anxiety, and real news that is frightening enough as it is. Yet there it is, coming from an occupied territory of the Roman Empire, from a people terrorised in Going In Circles - Fewjar - Until name of enforcing a particular type of peace, exploited for the gain of the few It seems there is always plenty to be anxious about in this world.
We have heard about taking up the yoke of Jesus, joining him in the work he is doing, and learning from him how to walk his way. And they work hard, plowing fields or pulling carts. Even when they work together, they still get tired. Is it easier to pull the plow or cart with two oxen rather than one?
Yes, of course. They can certainly work for longer that way, and be more efficient. It matters that we read carefully.
Or worse, we can just do whatever we want, because God will work it all out in the end anyway. We create our own anxiety. In fact sometimes I think those who live with mental illness and yet keep even a thread of a spiritual connection to God are those with far deeper faith than anyone realises.
The reality is that the life of faith takes practice. Compared to this list, most of what I think about would constitute anxiety, I think. If I had a way of measuring percentages, I suspect I would find my brain does not spend a majority of its time on what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. And we find ourselves Coat Of Arms - The Altered States Of The United Snakes - Pagan Tiger Swing Band more and more about things that are not lovely or admirable or true or praiseworthy.
Yet even when we are going in circles of unfocused attention and un-peaceful activity, Mitch Henson - Jesus And Leaven is still speaking, and Jesus is still on the other side of the yoke trying to teach us the way. At no point are we left alone, abandoned to our own devices.
At any moment we could tune in and find ourselves in step again. And the more we practice, the more often we will find ourselves in those moments of connection, and the better we will become at living from that spiritual reality.
And they give us a glimpse of the peace that is possible. The Going In Circles - Fewjar - Until three hymns in particular invite us to practice the presence of God.
Because this moment Going In Circles - Fewjar - Until all we have, and it is where we will find God whispering, and Jesus working beside us, and the Spirit breathing in our hearts. And then take it one tiny step further: each day, tell someone something lovely that you have seen.
Perhaps by writing a few things you are grateful for on your facebook page, or sharing a photo or a story of something that happened that day.
Perhaps by phoning a friend and telling them about a moment of grace or beauty. The main thing is this: when you see or think of something true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy, share it. Because there is a lot of the opposite in the world, and we can all use the help in redirecting our attention and our thoughts. May it be so.
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