Thursday, May 22, 2014

Consider the Lilies

Jesus said, “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.
“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:25-34
Consider the Lilies
Do not worry says the Savior
to a grown woman trembling with fear
to the man with empty pockets
walking along a trash strewn alley.
We are mortals filled with care
wanting a home to gather our family
we have been on this road so long
and ache to be fed familiar food.
We are not divine but desire holiness
we would serve God with all the people
we would live to carry love's burden
and tend the poor and lame for God.
Do not worry the Savior croons
to weary servants seeking a new life
rest in the arms of God's mighty love
sleep as a trusting child in  mother's arms.
We can worry today and swim in trouble
we can chose to offer God our all
walking in the beauty of today's light
trusting tomorrow to God's generosity and capacity.

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