As we enter the sixth and final week of Lent, Christians throughout Columbia will be sharing their own beautifully written ‘letters from the heart.’ Each is accompanied by corresponding relevant scripture verse(s), and linked to sources for further study. If you would like to join us on Columbia’s Lenten journey, submit your ‘letter from the heart’ by email. Especially meaningful submissions will be printed. Let us complete our 2012 Lenten journey of repentance, meditation, and anticipation through the final days, to the joyous resurrection on Easter morning.
Today’s scripture reading is from Philippians 4:1-9.
In Philippians Paul is encouraging the people to stand firm in the Lord even in the midst of present struggles and to rejoice regardless of their circumstances. Paul is pleading to the people to promote reconciliation with gentleness and Christ-like consideration for others.
The influence our thoughts have on our lives can be profound. What a person allows to occupy his mind will sooner or later determine his speech and his actions. When Paul says to, “think about such things” and “put it into practice” he is calling us all to glorify God with our thoughts of love and renounce the negative thoughts and influences that separate us from Him. If we allow negative thoughts to fester in our minds, we eventually become what we think.
Paul is commanding us to set aside our negativity and fill our minds with love, praise and thanksgiving for God. Thanksgiving is the antidote to worry. In giving up our anxieties through prayer, we are seeking the gift of God’s peace, thus transforming the lives of those around us by becoming an ambassador for God’s peace in this world.
Trinity Cathedral, Vestry
Columbia, South Carolina
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