“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” -Matthew 6:25-27
In past seasons of my life I had a love affair with shoes. Finding just the right pair to match an outfit was a joy. Having several options of high heels was fun. And then I turned 40. While I was pregnant, my feet changed shape and most of my “pretty shoes” were too small. I felt like Cinderella’s step sisters trying to squeeze into the glass slipper every time I attempted to wear them. So now those pretty shoes are in someone else’s closet and I have more practical shoes. They are more perfunctory than pleasure; but they take me where I need to go. With the newly announced home quarantine measures from yesterday, those shoes won’t be taking me very far at all for the next two weeks!
In a time of chaos and concerns over the infectious coronavirus, it is easy for me to fall into a state of worry. Will we be ok? Who will get sick? How do I protect my congregation? How can we connect with people effectively over technology? How on earth am I supposed to homeschool my kids? What will we do when someone from our family of faith dies from this terrible illness? It’s easy to let the worry spin out of control in my mind. This is not new. People have always had reasons to worry. That’s why Jesus addressed it so clearly. In the middle of the sermon on the mount, he talked about not worrying about our life, what we will wear or what we will eat. Jesus asked the people, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” No. In fact, worry and anxiety can shorten our life! And the time we wasted over worry could have been used for something meaningful and lovely. Jesus doesn’t tell the people that they won’t ever have trouble or concerns. He is simply reminding them that the stuff we tend to worry over, isn’t worth the time.
What shoes we will wear, or what we will eat, or when we might run out of toilet paper! these things are not worth our worry. One of the reasons we should not worry Jesus says is, “your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matt. 6:32-34) Another reason we need not worry is because we are a connected Body of Christ. If you truly are needing food or medicines, (even toilet paper), please reach out to one of the pastors, elders or deacons. We are not working in the office for the next two weeks, so we won’t be answering the phones as regularly, but please send an email. If you have a physical need, you can message us on our Facebook page, send an email, or share your request on the Church App Prayer Request link. As always, if you have an emergency or a pastoral need, please call Pastor Hanna on her cell phone 509-316-8500. I may not be able to come to you physically, but we can pray together over the phone and even video chat to maintain connection virtually.
What CAN you do, when worry seems to overwhelm or overtake you? You can pray and meditate. Take a moment to connect with your feeling and ask yourself these 4 questions:
- What is my thought?
- What is my feeling?
- What does my body need right now?
- How do I incorporate that into my life today?
God will hear our prayer and meet our needs. This Sunday was scheduled to be our Church INSIDE/OUT service project day. Those have been canceled, but we still have the opportunity to be the church outside the doors. (Especially since we aren’t allowed in!) How might God use your gifts, your time, your effort, to share the love of Christ today? A few simple ideas are: send a card to another church member, particularly one of our people living in assisted living or nursing homes; call someone and encourage them – this will alleviate fear of loneliness or isolation; make masks for healthcare workers; pray for first responders, healthcare workers, and essential personnel. These small things will help us in daily becoming the heart and hands (and even feet) of Jesus Christ.
Lord, our world is in crisis. Help our hearts to be calm in the midst of this storm. Give us confidence that you will provide for our needs. Give us courage to reach out and care for other people. It is in giving that we receive, help us to give of our time, our focus and our hearts to one another. Comfort us in moments of worry or fear and help us to be the Body of Christ. Amen.
PASTOR’S BIBLE STUDY this WEDNESDAY
Our Pastor’s Bible Study will be 10am WEDNESDAY on Facebook Live on our Kennewick First Presbyterian Page (not the KFPC Friends and Family group). You can watch it anytime after that as well, but I won’t be able to answer questions after the livestream ends. (Since I’m recording it from home, Jamey is home Wed to help with the children, so I hopefully will have less interruption and distractions.) I hope you will join me even if you haven’t participated before with this group, it will be great to connect!
THANK YOU FOR GIVING
Thank you for faithfully supporting the ministries of the church which are continuing through online connections, mail and phone calls. You can give your tithes and offerings online on the church APP or church website, or you can mail in your tithes and offerings to the church office: First Presbyterian Church, 2001 W. Kennewick Ave., Kennewick, WA 99337
Please join us online this Sunday for Live-Streaming Worship at 9:30am and 11:00am:
Kennewick First Pres APP: http://get.theapp.co/8db7
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KennewickFirstPresbyterianChurch/
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHsJC7Q7nziuI-b626OS-VA/live