“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? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus reminds us not to worry about anything. Worrying runs in my family. We worry about way too much. We dwell on things that we don’t need to dwell on. This passage is a poignant reminder to let go and let God—to cast all your cares and worries on God and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds.
God of compassion,
you suffer in the grief of your people,
and you are present to heal and forgive.
May the sun of your justice rise on every night of oppression,
and may the warm rays of your healing love
renew each troubled mind;
for you are the God of salvation and new life,
made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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