Daily Reflection - March 28, 2023
Adapted from "Our Daily Bread"
Philippians 4:4-8(New Catholic Bible)
Rejoice without Ceasing. 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say: Rejoice! 5 Let your kindness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but present your needs to God in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. 7 Then the peace of God, which is beyond all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
All That Is Truly Human Is Christian. 8 Finally, brethren, let your minds be filled with whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, whatever is excellent, whatever is worthy of praise.
Do not worry about anything, Paul advised, but instead bring your requests to God in every circumstance via prayer and thankfulness. When we pray and "rejoice in" God, we shift our attention away from the issue and onto our Provider. While we may be pleading with God for assistance in dealing with a stressor, we are also communicating with Him, which may bring about a peace "which transcends all understanding."
What tense circumstances do you currently need God to give you peace in? How can offering thanks while praying change your perspective?
Dear Protector, please address my worries. My mind and heart are under Your peace's protection. Amen