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NACR Daily Meditation for Thursday, Jan 13, 2005

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Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.Philippians 4:6

We can hang on to our attempts to control ourselves and others and stay
anxious. Or we can let go and let God.

We are anxious because we think we have to take care of everything and everybody.
We are anxious because we believe we cannot be happy unless we can control
the people we love. We are anxious because life's problems are more than
we can handle, but we try to handle them on our own anyway.

God invites us to give up our anxious way of life. We do not have to take
care of everything and everybody. We can, instead, let God take care of
us. We can bring our anxious hearts and our long lists of concerns to God.

Responding to this invitation requires a great deal of us. It requires that
we acknowledge that we cannot do what we have been trying to do. We are
powerless. It requires that we turn to God. It requires that we release our control, our anxiety, our very lives into God's care.

God invites us to serenity. "Give up your anxiety," God says "bring
the concerns of your heart to me."

I am anxious, Lord.
And I feel guilty about feeling anxious.
And I feel anxious about feeling guilty.
And I feel anxious about feeling guilty about feeling anxious.
Help!
I am overwhelmed by all I am trying to do.
I need your invitation to serenity.
I bring you my requests today, Lord.
I bring them to you.
I admit that I do not have the power to solve these problems.
I acknowledge that you are Powerful.
I ask you to take care of me today.
Amen.

Copyright 1991 Dale and Juanita Ryan
 
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