Battling Anxiety in Prayer

thumbnail43Here is a wonderful passage from one of Elisabeth Leseur’s letters, something which those of us who pray for our loved ones can relate to and from which we can draw courage and wisdom:

“It is comparatively easy not to be absorbed in our own suffering, but the suffering of those we love is apt to become a constant and unhappy obsession, against which we must struggle:  first by prayer, confiding those we love to God in complete filial abandonment, then by work, and also by an occupation chosen outside the center of our thoughts and affections.

“Finally, by doing good to others, we can try to forget a little of our dear ones’ burdens, which are a thousand times more painful than the ones we carry alone.”

In Philippians 4 we find these assurances and promises: “The Lord is at hand.  Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Finally….Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,  whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things…and the God of peace will be with you.”

Shalom,  JC