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Hope in a Time of Disaster

Day 1 of 8

Matthew 6:25-34

The Cure for Anxiety

25“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? 27Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? 28And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 30If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you — you of little faith? 31So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat? ’ or ‘What will we drink? ’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Reflection: Christ’s call ‘not to worry’, is not about having an absence of worries. The focus of the passage is not worrying about the material things of life.  We are called to capture the vision of the Kingdom of God, where all join in working for the common good, just as the early Church lived out and which we hear about in Acts. As we so often see in natural disasters, communities rally together to look after those in need. This is perhaps a natural embracing of being made in the image of God.  May we all find ways to be generous in our giving of ourselves and our resources as we seek to live the love of Jesus into the world.

Prayer:

Today, Christ,
We are worried,
For there are many troubles,
More than enough,
Which so many are facing.
We are not seeking more stuff like food and clothing to add to what we already have,
But we pray for those who do not have enough,
Those continuing under the oppression of poverty,
Those facing an uncertain future in the wake of natural disaster,
Fires,
Floods,
Famines
And drought.
We are worried for those whose lives might be lost,
Those who are potential victims of suffering,
And those who are prepared to lay down their lives to serve and save others.
We are worried for those whose grief is great,
And whose mental health and wellbeing is under threat.
So, trying not to be anxious,
We name our worries,
We are thankful for your presence and compassion,
And that you are at work in the world.
We bring all these people and worries to you in prayer and petition,
Looking to your peace,
Which passes all understanding,
To guard our hearts and minds in this trying time.
This day, we pray.
Amen

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