Recently, our grandson sent me a photo of the sun rising. It was very orange and seemed unusually large.  When I complemented our grandson on his photo, he indicated to me that the size and color of the sun was the result of the fires in the West.  And then he said, “But out of these fires, something good happened.”  Indeed something good happened and that was the beauty of the sunrise.  

It seems that in these days people do experience anxieties. There is the anxiety of the rising cases of the virus in our area, the worry about family members; the condition of the environment, the loss of jobs and in many cases the lack of food.  We might also be anxious about how to best follow our conscience when voting.  All can bring about anxiety.   We ask ourselves how we can manage these feelings.   We can turn to Scripture to find meaning.  

Just this last Sunday, October 4, the second reading was Paul’s letter to the Philippians.  He cautions the Philippians that they should not be filled with anxiety but should put all their cares and concerns before the Lord with an attitude of praise and thanks.  How can we give praise and thanks if we are filled with anxiety?  Paul gives us some specific advice.  “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Our task is to focus on the good each and every day giving God praise and thanks.  Then the God of peace will be with us.  

Our grandson is right.  There is good that exists.  For him it came because of a brilliant sunrise.  May we find the good daily always giving praise to God through his son, Jesus Christ, who is our cornerstone. 

– Helen Ackermann