From time to time, I am an atheist.
Probably you too.
I once read a phrase that made me pause: “Worry is a mild form of atheism.”
Huh? How so?
Not hard to figure out. If we refuse to hand our concerns, problems and worries over to God, then we admit we are too proud and figure we can solve it all ourselves. Or, we figure that my problems and worries are so big that God can’t possibly solve them. In short, we don’t believe God can do what he says in the Bible he can do: take care of our anxiety and worry.
And if we refuse to believe it, that’s a lot like not believing God is what he says he is. Sort of like a mild form of atheism.
“Do not be anxious about anything.”(Phillipians 4:6)
Easy to read, easy to say. Very hard to do. Like you, I struggle to trust God completely. Probably always will struggle with it.
That’s why it is so vital to pray unceasingly. Seek support from fellow parishioners. Our pastor. Our family.
Take a few minutes and listen to Christy Nockels, “My Anchor.” I hope it calms you when you’re faced with worry.
This is a special time for the church as we again sing some of the best-known traditional and contemporary hymns. Milly Jackson and I look forward to playing them for you this month. And I am arranging for the Dayspring band to once again get together on Christmas Eve morning to really celebrate the season.
Later on Christmas Eve, Milly will be playing traditional Christmas songs for the evening gathering.
I hope that we don’t get caught up in the commercialism and the extraneous trappings. The presents, the decorations, the tree, the fruitcakes are all nice (well, maybe not the fruitcakes) but we do know this is the birth of Jesus we are celebrating.
The stores may be pitching big sales for gifts under the tree. But Jesus’ gift of salvation tops all of them. And it’s available any time of the year. It’s a gift you will never have to return.
I wish all of you the merriest and holiest of Christmases!
“Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”