Worrying does not do any good; who here can claim to add even an hour to his life by worrying? Matthew 6:27

This morning I experienced an almost overwhelming heaviness brought about by concern over various situations.

Concern for one of my children

Concern for a friend who is in a potentially dangerous situation

Concern over world events that seem to only get worse

Concern for what the coming days will bring….

I began to realize that my concern (which is normal) was driven by fear. Fear that in all of these situations the worst would happen. Fear that turns concern into burdens we were never meant to carry when we do not take them to God in prayer. As I thought through this I was reminded of Scripture I had read earlier in the day

“You are good and do only good;
teach me your decrees”. Psalm 119:68

Knowing that God is good and does good, what would His decree be in these concerns I have?

“Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. Philippians 4:4-6

Not only is God good His goodness is not affected by what is dark or evil, not good. He can even use those things for good (Romans 8:28) and He tells us not to worry. Whatever we may be facing, whatever concerns we have He is good all the time and His goodness will prevail. Our part is to pray trust Him for the results and to give thanks not worry or take on burdens that are not ours to carry. For all He has done, for all He will do.

This week as I prepare for Thanksgiving I am reminded of all God has done throughout the year.

The dangers known and unknown He has brought us safely through.

 The strength and courage He has given us to endure trials and difficulty

The undeserved blessing of His love and provision in all things.

The unending amazing grace He has shown and continues to give.

The comfort of knowing He is presently and eternally in control of all things concerning me, those I love and the world He created.

May we always remember to:

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!

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