It’s Not Lent but Let’s Give Up Worry

The Rev. William C. Zima

The Rev. William C. Zima

Hi Everybody,

I hope you find God richly blessing your life.  Recently we heard again the story of Martha and Mary from the Gospel of Luke.  When I asked the congregation: How many of you are worriers? –eyes lit up, smiles graced faces, and some even raised their hands.  It’s easy for us to worry; maybe that’s why we identify with Martha so thoroughly.  She was worried and distracted by her many tasks and so are we.

How can we give up worry?  How can we give up being distracted?  How can we regain our focus?  We look to Mary.  Mary’s eyes were on her Lord.  She listened to His teachings.  She spent time in his presence.  Are we willing to do the same?

Instead of worrying, what if we took our concerns to God?  What if we didn’t look at the size of our problem which gets bigger and bigger the more we look at it, and instead looked and remembered the God who moves mountains?  What if we replace the voices that we hear in our heads telling us “we can’t…” with God’s word?  Words like: how much more does your Father desire to give you good gifts; I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me; my grace is sufficient for you; and I am with you always even to the end of the age.

Lent is a time when Lutherans take up a fast and give up something to draw closer to our Lord.  Even though it’s not Lent, how about we give up worry and replace worry with God’s word?  Spend time with Jesus today.  Draw strength from His Presence.  And may you experience God’s Blessings.

In Christ,

Pr. Bill


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