It’s far to easy to get swept away in the rush of the holidays. Anxiety over wrapping the final quarter of the year, scheduling events, and traveling through busy airports can begin to build as Christmas approaches. On Monday we’ll begin our Advent series on The Park Forum (something we’re really excited about), but before we do we wanted to set a tone for the holiday season with the words of Christ, which remind us to trust him in the midst of the life’s pressures.
When Christ talked about anxiety and trust he wasn’t minimizing the stress of life, he was showing the sufficiency of his love. It’s only by placing our faith in Christ that we are given the opportunity to displace it in ourselves. We stop looking to calm daily anxieties with our own success, appearance, accolade—which change far too often to offer security. 
A meditation and prayer from the words of Christ in Luke 12.22-31:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.”
 When Christ talked about anxiety, or discouragement, his words were focused on the daily pressures common to all people. He was not, nor are we above, trying to speak to mental health conditions that persist despite great effort and desire. In all things we look to Christ, but in many we find ourselves holding on for future relief, future glory, future joy—Christ will return, he will make all things new.