Today’s Readings for the Daily Office
Psalm 24, 29 (Morning)
Psalm 8, 84 (Evening)
Do Not Worry
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat: or about your body, what you will wear. (Luke 12:22) This is an appropriate verse for my weekly reflection. I am a worrier. I come from a long line of worriers. And I can attest to the fact that I have never grown one inch and a day still has only 24 hours.
I think the worry gene creeps into many peoples thoughts. We worry for the safety of people we love or for our fellow man; near and far. We worry about deadlines, assignments, and obligations. We worry about failure – of meeting our own expectations or meeting the expectations of others. Worry feels bad. It grabs hold and brings about gray hair, sleepless nights, and stomach aches.
Today’s Gospel reading reminds us that we are deeply and unequivocally loved by God. Psalm 8 tells us that we are made “little lower than the angels”. We can relax. Our needs will be met. Our foes (worries?) are no match for God. When we forget, and slip into worry, all we need to do is step out the door. Listen for and find the birds – are they not fed? Look for the grasses, trees and wildflowers – are they not clothed in splendor? “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well”. When we turn to God, we choose to turn away from negative thoughts and energy and that space is filled with God’s love.
We are loved. Our Father knows our needs. We can find comfort in today’s words and this feels pretty good.
Written by Susie Norys
Susie is a lifelong Episcopalian, loves being mom to Sarah and Jack and is enjoying the “empty nest” years with her husband, Jim. Falling into education as a second career, she is passionate about the early childhood years and currently works for Arkansas State University Childhood Services providing training and assistance to our NWA preschool teachers and programs.