“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.”

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today” Matthew 6:34

Worrying can become a way of life. It can debilitate us or cause us to become hyperactive; it can harm our health and relationships; it can bring us to a point of faithlessness. To worry unceasingly about the future is not helpful or healthy. Instead it is better to live today the way we would like our future to be. Therese of Lisieux wrote in the 19th century: “We get discouraged and feel despair because we brood about the past and the future. It is such folly to pass one’s time fretting, instead of resting quietly on the heart of Jesus.”

There are many things in life that we cannot control nor change. But we can place our trust in the God that is in charge of this world; that is even now working within our hearts, as well as in the world. Turning one’s worries over to God may seem to be a naïve way of dealing with them, but doing so can bring about a good night’s sleep and a renewed faith in a faithful and loving God.

Charles Albert Tindley wrote;
“Courage my soul, and let us journey on,
Though the night is dark it won’t be very long.
Thanks be to God, the morning light appears,
And the storm is passing over. Hallelujah!

During the season of Lent, what are you worrying about? What should be done to handle these and other worries in a less stressful way? Remember when the care of God in the past helped you on your journey. God is here for you now.

May this be your prayer:
Dear God, help me develop a way of turning my worries over to you, so that we both can work on the. Thank you for your care in the past and the assurance of your continued presence with me on my journey. Amen

Joyce SohlJoyce D. Sohl has been Laywoman-in-Residence since 2009 as a full-time volunteer. She retired as CEO of United Methodist Women in 2004. She is the author of 4 books, a teacher, retreat leader, writer and non-professional musician. Here at the Center her work is in the area of Spirituality & the Arts with such programs as Tuesdays in the Chapel, Vespers & All That Jazz, Poet’s Corner, and quarterly retreats and art exhibits.