DEVOTION: “Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith. I don’t agree at all. They are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we so take them, our share in the Passion of the Christ. For the beginning of the passion, the first move so to speak, is Gethsemane.” (Pg 145)
The first part of this paragraph is incredibly important. So many folks in our community are beaten down by stress, guilt, anxiety. Today, we are all here to universally state that our anxieties, our fear, our guilt, our shame. They are all afflictions. They are not sins. They are nothing but an affliction, a sickness, that we need to slowly recover from.
Christ endured the cross. The greatest test anyone would ever have to go through. We endure anxiety, stress, fear, loss, pain, suffering. A bit of a different level of pain and suffering but still suffering, none the less.
Today. The guilt is gone. The shame is gone. We each have our own flaws, our own issues. No one is perfect….but Jesus.
He loves us with a love that we can never comprehend.
Today. Think of all that you endure. Surrender it all to Jesus. Pray about it today and if you’re comfortable, list it in the comments so that we can pray for you as well.