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Peace In Troubled Times

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It’s the beginning of another week, but for many of you your normal routine has changed. You don’t have to go to work, but instead of feeling happy, you are filled with anxiety and uncertainty. What does the future hold? Can you protect your family from this horrible coronavirus? How long will it last? When will your life return to normal? These and other questions trouble your mind as you try to grapple with this frightening situation.

In this uncertain time, it is easy to give in to feelings of anxiety and even fear. But if you can turn your focus away from what is going on around you– just for a few minutes– and place it on God, you can have peace. The only advice I have for you is what I give myself when things look grim, as they do now. I pray and meditate on scripture. Here are some verses that bring me comfort. I hope they do the same for you.

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. Psalm 119: 165

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91: 2

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makes me dwell in safety. Psalm 4: 8

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18: 2

For some of you who are not used to praying, you can use the scripture verses above. Say them out aloud as often as you can and watch changes begin to take place. God bless.