“Therefore I tell you, 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 clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Today we have fires in the west, hurricanes in the south, and the corona virus is raging all around us… This year seems to be full of things to worry about, and I have spent a lot of time speaking with people whose lives have been flipped upside down. There are people who are sick and isolated. Others have recently lost their jobs and homes because of the recession. Parents are struggling to balance their work with child care. Finally far too many people are searching for meaning in what seems like an endless void. Life is not easy, and the pressure can be immense!
This week at Community Lutheran, we are
taking time to find ways to relieve the anxious pressure of the world. Instead of losing ourselves in the endless cycle
of fear, God has come to give us hope.
As we look at our world today, it is easy to find reasons to despair. However, I believe God always works in moments of vulnerability. A colleague of mine once reminded me not to fear the rock bottom moments of life. Instead, he told me to think of these times as a gift. These moments of vulnerability can open us to new perspectives and opportunities.
Today I hope we can all open our hearts to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. I pray that God’s grace would bring meaning to our lives, and I pray that God’s love would lead us to a new path of hope.