Posted by: geolocke | 2015/02/03

Why Worry?

The Gospel from today’s Morning Prayer is one of those passages where after reading it, I like to take time to mentally and prayerfully walk back through it, pausing between each phrase and contemplating what it means to me in this station of my life experience. I have come to learn that this kind of deep in-dwelling with the scriptures is called “Lectio Divina” which means “Prayerful reading of the Sacred Word”. I think this must be a natural way of praying with the Scriptures because I found that I was doing it before I learned this method had an actual name.

This morning, the passage that caught my attention is from Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter 6. I break it down here as I read it while reflecting, pausing on each line and letting the words and their meaning sink deep within.

“[…] do not worry about your life,
what you will eat or drink,
or about your body,
what you will wear.

Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds in the sky;
they do not sow or reap,
they gather nothing into barns,
yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

Are not you more important than they?

Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?

Why are you anxious about clothes?
Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.
They do not work or spin.
But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them.

If God so clothes the grass of the field,
which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow,
will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?

So do not worry and say,
‘What are we to eat?’ or
‘What are we to drink?’ or
‘What are we to wear?’
All these things the pagans seek.
Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be given you besides.

Do not worry about tomorrow;
tomorrow will take care of itself.
Sufficient for a day is its own evil.

What I take away from this today is that this passage applies equally to the poor as well as to the rich. There is much hyperbole and acrimony in the news these days about the struggle between those who have and those who have not; about those who fight for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised against those who hold power and influence in our society.

This morning’s passage reminds me that regardless of my place among all this controversy, I must keep still and trust that God will make everything that happens work out as part of God’s plan. I need only see to it that I continue to seek to help and serve those who God chooses to place in my life today, be they poor or rich, since we are all God’s Children.

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