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"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today." Matthew 6:34 NRSV


Are any of you worriers? You're not alone. So not to fan the flames, I won't give a running list of potential stressors. I will leave that to the media outlets, who will be delighted to entertain you with things you "need to know." Things to exacerbate whatever natural anxieties we already have, increasing our dependency on blood pressure meds and antianxiety pills.


Worrying is not a new thing. We have certain natural tendencies that, uncoincidentally, showed up the day Adam and Eve decided they needed clothing. In Jesus' day, they didn't have CNN but lived under an oppressive government affecting their every waking moment. So while there have always been things to worry about, through Christ, we learn to live with worry.


Earlier in verse 25, Jesus says, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?" He continues with how the birds and flowers flourish without worry and how our loving Heavenly Father of all things also provides for us.


While we may still live with nagging concern, one of the scabs Satan likes to pick at, we can place our trust in God. By our confidence in God, our worry subsides. All those natural anxieties, and those promoted by "experts" and the media, hold no meaning.


Heavenly Father, thank you for providing for us so abundantly. We need not worry or fear, for we have confidence in you. Help us to deny Satan all satisfaction found in our unease, and be ever mindful that you love and care for us. In Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim


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