Monday, May 26, 2008

"Do Not Worry About Your Life": The Lesson of Fields...Easier Said Than Done on Life's Pilgrimage


On the second Sunday after Pentecost, the Gospel reading in the lectionary was Matthew 6:24-34. What stood out in the reading were these words, "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? 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?

Yes. Yes we are.

"So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today."

O.K.

On pilgrimage, what I learned and re-learned, yet had to learn again is that what I needed in life on the pilgrim's way is always on the way of coming to me. I tend to worry about tomorrow and fail to remember and realize that God's grace is an "always given" in our pilgrimage.

Bordering on "Don't worry, be happy" of Bobby McFearrin fame, the lesson of life is learning to walk in the way of God.