said to His disciples, 'Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life,
what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life
is more than food, and the body more than clothing.' "
-- Luke 12:22,
It comes like a storm in
the night. Surrounded by darkness and in a slumber, you dream.
Suddenly the sound of the wind rushing through the leaves, bushes and
branches stroking the house and the rhythmic meter of drops of water landing
solidly on the house end the dream. The wind picks up, the foliage
begins to make unfamiliar sounds of either greeting or warning. The
rain gathers your attention. Now a howl is in the air, in the trees.
To your surprise, you hear and rip, and snap, followed by a loud pop and a
crash. Though this sounds like a storm, it is your heart and your
psyche. Anxiety, it causes us to lose hope and surrounds us with fear
Hear the Good News, Jesus reminds
us of God's love and care for each of us. "Consider the Ravens, .
. . Consider the lilies, . . . Do not be afraid, little Flock, for it is
God's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." During the storms
that enter our night, remember God will be there. Of all of the damage
and destruction that came through Tatum, not soul was hurt. Lucky?
Hardly! God is hear in Tatum, God is within me, within you. Why,
oh why should we ever be overcome by anxiety, does it add days to our life,
or make it better? God, our Father, knows what we need and will care
for us always.
house that we call our life rattles form time to time, the forage that is
our surrounding howls, and it is so
easy for us to become consumed by
fear and doubt. Remind us of Your presence Your love, and Your
care. There are many people in our lives that are surrounded and
consumed by anxiety and doubt, strengthen them and strengthen us, so we
might know and share Your
presence with others. Thank You for all
You have done in my life, and
all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray. Amen.