“The best thing of all is God is with us.”

John Wesley

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Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

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I wear a Fitbit to track how many steps I take. If I haven’t gotten all the steps my Fitbit thinks I should each hour, it’ll buzz and say “100 more steps to win the hour!” At first, I hated it. But eventually, each time it buzzed, I would take a deep breath. I noticed that just by pausing for a moment, I felt a sense of peace.

Did you notice that Paul tells the Philippians to bring requests to God “along with” giving thanks? In this week of Thanksgiving, we are called to give thanks to our Creator. But God knows there are things in our lives that burden us. In prayer, God doesn’t expect us to instantly forget about those. God longs to give us a peace that transcends our anxious thoughts, our frustration with relationships, or whatever else sits heavy on us. God does not promise to delete these from our lives, but offers that prayer can be a breath of peace to simply remind us that God is near.

Molly Shoulta Tucker

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Holy God, I know that you are as close to me as my breath. When I feel burdened, remind me that you are close. Remind me that you are peace. Amen.

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Praise the Lord for grace and favor
to all people in distress;
praise God, still the same as ever,
slow to chide, and swift to bless.

Henry Lyte in “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven,” 1834

Molly Shoulta Tucker

Molly Shoulta Tucker is Pastor to High School Youth & Contemporary Worship Leader at Settle Memorial United Methodist Church in Owensboro, KY. She is a Louisville, KY native/avid Louisville Cardinal fan and met her Florida Gator husband while in seminary at Duke Divinity School. Molly enjoys running, football season, discussing the Enneagram (1w2), and hanging out with her border collie-mix, Cliffe (named after Duke football coach, David Cutcliffe).

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