What I Read Today;

Romans 16; Matthew 27; Ezekiel 20-21; Psalm 126-127; 1 Chronicles 22-23; Numbers 17

Our lives can be filled with incredible stress and anxiety.  Many live “paycheck to paycheck” and worry that at any time, their world can come crashing down around them.  Suicide now kills 2.5 times as many people than murder in America.  The stress we put ourselves through can lead to disease, alcohol and drug abuse, and worse yet, suicide.

The pain felt has affected even clergy members.  The recent suicide of Jarrid Wilson in California is a warning to all that stress and anxiety can affect anyone.

The words in Psalm 127 vs. 1-2  tell us that these problems are not new to humanity.

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.  Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.  It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved” NRSV

The world we live in says we should seek possessions, success, and fame.

Our God says we should trust him and give our worries to him.  Through the darkest times in my life, I have always believed that God would get me through.  The times when I have struggled, the most have been the times that I chose to go my own way and not trust God.

This world is a dark place that will crush you unless you have Jesus’ love surrounding you.

If you know of someone who is fighting depression and anxiety, get help.  If you suspect that someone you know may be contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

God cares too much for each of us to not do everything we can for a hurting brother or sister.

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