Thursday, May 3, 2018

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

Toiling and worrying together
over the money that is due now
and the money we don't have
make us brittle and condemning.

This  scarcity thinking leads
into dark alleys and doomed schemes
we fail to come into the light
and see all that grows around us.

Blessings beyond measure are ours
yet we argue about bricks and mortar
God is not found in the edifice
but in the open hearts we have been given.

This poverty we fear so much
keeps us from seeing our smiling friend
we are deaf to the laughter of children
silent when the singing has begun.

Feast here and now on what we have
the Creator's hands are full of love
and bounty unending this day
if we would but embrace it now.

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