20th January 2021
My Mother was a terrible worrier, I think it was because she was so lovely and kind that she carried a lot of other people’s problems on her own heart. Are you a worrier? Do you find yourself being anxious a lot of the time?
I wish I had known my mum longer as she died when I was a just a lad of 10. Are you a worrier like my mum, or do you let it all go over your head and let others do the worrying? Yet the Christian response to worrying has already been tackled by Jesus who said:
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”. If only we could take Jesus’ words to heart it would stop a great many depression tablets being taken and stop so much anxiety. Saint Paul the Apostle, in his letter to the Philippians (4:6-7), tells us to “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God” so that “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life; rather, look to them with full hope that as they arise, God, whose very own you are, will lead you safely through all things; and when you cannot stand, God will carry you in His arms. Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same understanding Father who cares for you today, will take care of you then and every day.
Fr Ron Corne