This Day I Will Not Worry

July 13, 2011

"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink or about your body or what you will wear....look at the birds of the air, they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet God feeds them."                   Selected from Matthew 6:25 - 34 Today I will not worry. Today I will hang worry alongside guilt and pettiness in the out of season closet and hope that I will outgrow them by winter. Worry sabotages joy and lingers as a thief in the bushes waiting for a lapse in my prayer, a crack in my faithfulness. Today I will not worry.  I will tune my heart to joy. I will delight in the fuzziness of peaches and the reddening of tomatoes on the vine. I will rejoice in the rainbow that appears in the spray of the garden hose. I will give thanks in the fragrance of phlox and petunia, and dance in the rhythm of running water in the fountain. Today I will not worry. I will offer care to my family, to myself. I will not allow the bickering and bad news of incivility and childishness dim my hope for the world, but pray for peace and good will and live it in hopes that it will attract others to such way. Today I will not worry about future gains and losses, but employ and trust the faith I claim that God provides. The wisdom of the rabbi as recorded in Matthew speaks truth. I cannot control what is beyond me, often I cannot even control myself. But I can trust the One who is in control, and live a confidence that dispels worry and infuses the goodness and hope the world needs. I am small in the world, but my hope will not be dimmed in worry this day. Or ever.

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