Reflections

Reflection, Jim Owens

When I am upset or disturbed about something I find comfort when someone listens to me. My wife, Jill, is often the one who listens to me with empathy and without judgment or advice. It is a rare gift. The issue will not get resolved but having the space to express myself brings a comfort to my soul and brings clarity. As we read the Psalms we see how in prayer God listens to our thoughts, questions, anger and frustration with empathy and without judgement. Being listened to is a gift. Allow God to give you that gift through prayer. Go ahead, He is listening.

Reflection, Tom Healy

If you are anything like me, each morning arrives with a new list of cares and concerns, worries and anxieties. For those seeking a solution, I turn to Paul’s words: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” God knows what we are going through, and wants us to come to Him with our cares. We should come to Him with thanksgiving, knowing that it is a privilege to be able to approach the God of the universe and that we are to bring all our petitions (our heart-felt concerns that arise out of a deep personal need). God, in turn, promises to give you “the peace that surpasses all understanding, which will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. He knows, He cares and He alone can give you peace in the midst of a storm.

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