Isn’t it so easy to get bogged down with our daily worries and anxieties? There are so many distractions vying for our attention. It is too easy to turn our eyes from Jesus and forget that he cares deeply about us.
As our director of spirituality Deacon Mark Danis reminded us in a reflection recently, “Scripture always has a prescription for any situation, and for any challenges we may face. In this case we should apply the Peter Prescription (not Peter Principle, for you businesspeople who read that book): Cast all your worries upon him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 This is not a one-time prayer; this is one we must pray every day. And then, finding relief from life’s daily burdens, we can go about doing the valuable work of eternity.”
Looking for relief from life’s burdens? Here is your daily dose of the Peter Prescription from 1 Peter 5:7-10:
Cast all your worries on him because he cares for you. Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you.
Cast all your worries on him, Give Him your worries, your pains, your fears, your tears.
Because he cares for you. He loves you with an everlasting love, a merciful, steadfast, unconditional love. He loved you first and will love you forever.
Be sober, be watchful. Take a break from your phone. Turn off the TV. Be mindful of the words you say, of the thoughts you entertain.
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. Keep your eyes on God, let God be your strength, your focus, your light, so that you do not become easy prey. Give God your yes in all things – embrace the crosses and the sufferings He sends your way, trusting that He will carry you through the darkness, no matter how long it takes.
knowing that the same experience of suffering is required of your brotherhood throughout the world. No one is alone in their suffering, in their fight against sin. We all experience anxiety, temptation, fear, loss, doubt. Even if a person seems to have it all together, we never know what another person might be suffering inside.And after you have suffered a little while, even if it seems much more than a little while,
the God of all grace who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, because he calls all of us, because he loves each of us dearly, more dearly than we can ever know!
will himself restore, establish, and strengthen you. Look forward to it, and hold onto the promise with hope, and in the meantime, continue to Cast all your worries on him because he cares for you.
~ Jackie S., St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dayton