How are you? I’ve been over my head with a writing project lately, so I haven’t done much else. I’m trying desperately to transcribe 25 years of letters I wrote home to my parents from 1975-2000 and trying to proof and compile them in time to make the Armstrong Archives to be bound in little books as Christmas gifts for my kids. This is a very consuming, totally delightful enterprise, and if I don’t blog much between now and January 1st, you’ll know why!
This morning, as Alan was reading Matthew 24 aloud to me, he stopped at verse 6: “And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that you be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.”
“How in the world are we supposed to ‘not be troubled’?” he mused. We realized that we were both struggling with feeling troubled, not only about the economic and social problems in America, but over the spiritual, economic, and civil problems world wide. I know the answer…it’s just learning to grasp the truth by faith and live it out. We have to learn to keep “Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Instead of looking out at the problems, we need to look past our problems and up to God for the courage to endure until we experience the joy that will be ours when “this too has passed.”
Therefore, I’m not totally renouncing political concerns, but I’m taking a rest. Not from prayer, but from study and worry. Someone passed along a very refreshing Celtic prayer with background scenes from Ireland. If you have a minute, take time to be blessed!