Fall into God's Love
You can probably recognize how most Christian inspiration songs either talk about praising the goodness of God, or, are encouraging us to be hopeful, to seek help and trust that life will get better. One of my favourite inspiration songs is not a liturgical one, but works along the same theme. It is called "Fall into Me" by Sugarland. In this song, she is singing about how when there is too much weight on your shoulders, and it feels hard to stand, to live, you need to trust in someone, to let them help you, so to move past the hurt and work towards healing. This is what Jesus does for us, he brings us the goodness of life through his life, death and resurrection. He brings us hope and the chance for healing and goodness in life.
Today's Gospel states: 'And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat, nor about your body, what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass which is alive in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O men of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be of anxious mind. For all the nations of the world seek these things; and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things shall be yours as well' (Luke 12:22-31).
How often are we anxious about the little things, the things that won't really matter later? Jesus tells us straight out that all these things are not important, but what is truly important is seeking God's Kingdom. This is easier said than done, as we are human and worrying tends to happen more often than not. When all the little things build up, they can hold our mind hostage and make it hard to even think about our purpose of seeking God's Kingdom. However, if we fall into God's love, and trust in Jesus as well as those closest to us, it is possible to rise above the anxiety. There is a reason we are gathered in communion at the Church every week and not individually, being engaged in all life with our fellow believers helps us support and comfort one another, so to move away from fear and anxiety and closer towards God's love and life in the Kingdom.
Today's prayer comes from 'Prayers for Special Help' a prayer for peace of mind:
Almighty God, We bless you for our lives, we give you praise for your abundant mercy and grace we receive. We thank you for your faithfulness even though we are not that faithful to you. Lord Jesus, we ask you to give us all around peace in our mind, body, soul and spirit. We want you to heal and remove everything that is causing stress, grief, and sorrow in our lives.
Please guide our path through life and make our enemies be at peace with us. Let your peace reign in our family, at our place of work, businesses and everything we lay our hands on.
Let your angels of peace go ahead of us when we go out and stay by our side when we return. In Jesus' name, Amen.