Monday, May 18, 2020

Pastor's Ponderings, May 18, 2020

Give Him All Of Our Cares and Concerns 
Our daughter, Denise Fair, just left our home to return to her work in Detroit.  A few months ago, we would have all hugged each other and prayed for her safe journey but now we can just pray at a social distance.  Before she left she sang a song to her niece written by Kelly Willard entitled, “Cares Chorus.”  Some of the lyrics are, “I cast all my cares upon You. I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet. And any time I don't know what to do, I will cast all my cares upon You.” 

The Bible tells us to cast all of our cares upon the Lord because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).  He keeps record of every tear that we shed (Psalm 56:8). We have the privilege of going to the great Counselor to share our worries, doubts, fears, and anxiety.  He is not going to laugh at our pain or doubt our concerns because He loves us with an everlasting love.  He knows that we are weak (Psalm 103:14) but through Him, we have divine strength to handle anything in life.  We are looking to Jesus, who began and continues to mature our faith (Hebrews 12:2).

The suddenness of the losses of members of our church family and friends due to COVID-19 has cast its pall upon every aspect of life.  We long to return to our casual conversations where we had no specific agenda but simply enjoying the joy of being in each other’s company. Despite this sudden change, we have determined that we will not hold onto our cares and concerns, but we will give God our anxieties and in exchange He gives us his peace. We will share our sorrow while He gives us the comfort of His Holy Spirit, the greater Comforter. Daily, let us cast all of our cares upon Him because He continues to care for us. 

1 Peter 5:7
King James Version (KJV)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Psalm 56:8
New International Version (NIV)
8 Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll--are they not in your record?

Psalm 103:14
Amplified Bible (AMP)
14 For He knows our [mortal] frame;
He remembers that we are [merely] dust.

Hebrews 12:2
New International Version (NIV)
2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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