Third Sunday of Advent
“A Practical Remedy for Anxiety”
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me – everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:6-9, NLT)
About 30 years ago I was visiting my 4 year old son at Children’s Hospital in Detroit. I was walking down the hall to my son’s room; when a lady saw my clergy ID tag and literally grabbed my arm and pulled me into her son’s room. “Please pray for my son. My husband let him watch ‘Freddy Kruger’ and ‘Friday the 13th’ and he has been having terrible nightmares ever since.” “I will pray for your son and God will help him, but there’s something you need to do. You need to counter act what he has seen with good stories with happy endings; such as Disney Movies and Cartoons.” The Lord helped me to pray for the little boy. About a month later I saw this mom and son again. “I did what you told me. God heard your prayer. The nightmares have gone and not come back.”
“Lord we live in an anxiety, fear-filled world. Help us not to be naive, but also not to allow ourselves to be overcome by the negative. Being obsessed with the negative will make us useless. So Lord help us to make an asserted effort in our minds and actions to overcome the negative with good.”
– Pastor Stephen Floyd, First Church of the Nazarene, Falls City