March 25, 2020

Paul’s Anxiety in Troas

March 25, 2020

This week, as we settle into a life of social distancing to help prevent the spread of Covid-19, we will be focusing on how we can be Spiritually united. This week for our Field Guides, we invite you to meditate and pray over Scriptures that we hope will claim the promises that God is always with us and present in times of suffering and tribulation. As you meditate on these words, we invite you to remember that hundreds of people will be reading these same words and meditating on their promises in their own spaces and places. We will become united through this practice!  We hope these scriptures bring you peace and comfort. Our prayer for this time is that our neighbors would remain healthy and safe, and our anxieties would subside to the peace that passes all understanding. Amen.

2 Corinthians 2:12-17 

12 When I came to Troas to proclaim the good news of Christ, a door was opened for me in the Lord; 13 but my mind could not rest because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said farewell to them and went on to Macedonia.
14 But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. 15 For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not peddlers of God’s word like so many; but in Christ we speak as persons of sincerity, as persons sent from God and standing in his presence.


Worry and anxiety are probably affecting most of us in some way, shape, or form this week. Even if we ourselves are not anxious, someone in our life probably is. Have you reached out to them? Have you prayed for them? Have you asked them how they’re doing? Have you simply listened?  

Christ is sufficient. So is presence. Be that holy presence this week, even if it’s just over the phone. We want to stay connected as best we can in the coming weeks. Reach out.


How are you dealing with the isolation?  What do you need?  Who can you reach out to?


How are you dealing with being home all the time? Is it hard? Why?  

What would make it less hard?


Be with us as we reach out to those who may be having a harder time than us. Be with them. Bring them that peace we so long for. Amen.