Wow! My first day back at work and I’m bombarded, not only by student problems, but with staff issues. These included deaths, hospitalizations, cancer, and pending budget cuts. It’s not like I was eager to go back to work, after a wonderful two week Christmas break as it was, but to go back and see the sadness and stress of my colleagues gave me my own level of stress. All rest and relaxation seemed to exit my psyche when I found out "others" were suffering.
As it often does, my memory pulled up a familiar Bible verse to help me fight off the blues:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (Emphasis mine.)
On a good day, my memory is bad and seems to grow worse each year, but I rarely have problems remembering the Bible verses I’ve learned. This is because God reminds me in Spirit that He is with me and penetrates my heart with faith. From there, the revelation seems to bubble upward to my brain, and I find comfort. It’s a God thing.