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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

anxiety, tuesday

Tuesday, October 27

Opening Prayer: O God, our loving Father, let me rest in the silence and security of your strong and loving arms this day.  Help me to trust you completely—and to be occupied with nothing else but you.  Let me find my hope in you, both now and forevermore.  Amen.

Scripture: 1 Peter 5:6-11

Journal: Where do you usually cast your anxiety?  What is the typical result?  What does it mean to cast all of our anxieties on him?  Do you really believe he cares?  Do you really believe he can be trusted with them?

Reflection: And remember, there are two things which are more utterly incompatible than even oil and water, and these two are trust and worry.  Would you call it trust if you should give something into the hands of a friend to attend to for you, and then should spend your nights and days in anxious thought and worry as to whether it would be rightly and successfully done?  And can you call it trust, when you have given the saving and keeping of your soul into the hands of the Lord, if day after day, and night after night you are spending hours of anxious thought and questionings about the matter?  When a believer really trusts anything, he ceases to worry about that thing which he has trusted.  And when he worries, it is plain proof that he does not trust. (The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life by Hannah Whitall Smith)


Closing Prayer: O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love, and your strength.  Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things. ~St. Ignatius

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