When Anxiety Was Great Within Me

Friday, September 8, 2017

When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Psalm 94:19 

All of us in the Houston office thank you for your prayers and concern as Harvey raged. Your prayers brought joy to our souls. Now, we pray for those recovering from the devastation wreaked by Harvey and Irma, trusting that through our prayers, God’s consolation will bring joy to their souls. As anxieties rise, as fear grows. 

Over these past few days, I have been thinking of how our brothers and sisters in Guatemala have taught us much about what it is to trust in God in the face of anxiety and fear. How in the midst of the raging storms of their daily lives, they live into the words, “you are my refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust.” In their speaking, these words come to life. For God does not only console them, God brings joy to their souls. You can see it. It is palpable. Joy richly entwined with the anxieties, sorrows, of their lives. I have always been amazed, envious almost, of the way there is a calmness, a joy, in them, knowing what their lives are like. Never more so than in the days of the hurricane. So, yet once again, the poor of Guatemala have led me to a deeper place of prayer. Calling me to trust more deeply in the face of anxiety and fear. 


In the days ahead, may we learn from our brothers and sisters in Guatemala. May we pray like them. And, may we find ourselves not only consoled, but find joy in our souls, like they do. 


Thank you for opening your hearts to them, they prayed to God, trusted in God, and you came. You who have been an answer to their prayers. Know that they are praying for you.


Rev. Linda L. McCarty
President and CEO

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