Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:8-9
The news can be disheartening at times, particularly during this pandemic. Social media, one of the outlets for many during physical isolation, is also littered with posts, memes, and stories that can be overwhelming, especially when we’re already feeling anxious. I want to encourage you to find that which brings joy and peace and try to focus on these. Perhaps praying through the Psalms or reading Gospel you never paid much attention to; my favorite happens to be Luke. But it doesn’t necessarily need to be religious. Perhaps you could read a book that you wouldn’t normally pick up or taking a virtual tour of a museum you’ve always wanted to visit or re-watch a favorite show or movie that puts a smile on your face. I personally find great comfort in listening to an album that I haven’t visited in some time.
This is not to suggest that we shouldn’t pay attention to what is happening. On the contrary, we need to be informed and discerning. However, regardless of the medium I want to encourage you think about things that are pleasing, noble, commendable.
Riverside is blessed to have such a wonderfully diverse and gifted community. Jonathan Holley has gifted us with this video he made. May it bring some joy and peace to your day.