Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I say:  Rejoice … The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything.  – Phil 4:4-5

Reflection. The challenge of Paul has always intrigued me.  Not only does he tell us not to worry about anything, he tells us to rejoice – always.  It seems a bit far-fetched when you consider the problems he was enduring himself.  Here was a man facing trial and the danger of bodily punishment.  He was flogged and imprisoned, but still he calls us to be joyful.

Prayer. Father in heaven, teach me how to reject my fears, that I may live in Your joy.