Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
We are blessed! When we think about all we have and all God has done, we have much to give thanks. But, this does not mean our lives are carefree and without troubles. There may even be times when our concerns overshadow our gratitude. It's like the sun is shining, but there are great clouds of anxiety obscuring its brightness.
It is sometimes difficult to offer thanks in these periods of darkness. However, we can because God invites us to give him all -- not just some, but all -- of our anxieties to him. We needn't carry those crushing burdens alone but give them over to our loving God. We can give thanks to God because he cares for us. Yes, there will still be clouds, but the sun is still shining. In a short while, those clouds will surrender to the brightness of the sun.
God of light, we thank you for your love and compassion for us. When we are filled with anxiety and despair, you stand ready to assume our burdens. All we need to do is ask. We come now asking you to take these burdens from us and drive away the darkness. Please help us to remember your goodness and experience your brightness. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.