Making time for simple things…
Matthew 6: 25-34 (NRSVA)
25 ‘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? 26 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? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 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? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
As you enter into the stillness today…
What is preventing you from settling…
What thoughts are pushing in… what’s pulling you away?
Perhaps it’s your to-do list? The food you have to buy or the present ideas you still need to find…
Or maybe it’s thoughts of the day itself? How will things go? Will everyone get on?
In our reading today, Jesus reminds us that really…
In the big scheme of things…
Much of the stuff that disrupts our peace is really stuff we shouldn’t be worrying about…
We often spend so much time worrying about making it perfect that we lose the peace to be found in the simple pleasures of the season of Advent.
How might you focus on the simple things today?
How can you make your time for stillness today just about spending time with Jesus?
Hope Of The World,
Remind me that you provide enough and more than enough for me this day and every day.
Take my worries… and relieve me of their burden…
As I trust you with my cares big and small.
Place gratitude within me for all that I have,
And remove from me the desires to look to other things to give me a sense of worth or value.
Help me see that it’s not about what’s on the table
But how we are with one another around the table that is important in your Kingdom
In Jesus’ name, Amen