Matthew 8:24-30 " “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?"
Reflection. After a few more challenging posts on here this week, it feels right to offer something more straightforwardly positive.
Are you ready for something lovely? Well, God is the great caregiver and He loves us. Indeed, Jesus is speaking not only to our hearts but also with regard to our mental health. He is speaking this to me as I type - some of you know l have had (and still have) anxiety issues. Jesus says to me and to you, "God, the greatest of caregivers, loves you, sees you, holds you. You can let go of your worries." How does that hymn go, "God is love, his the care...'
If you get a chance today, please find a beautiful autumn flower and look at it. Really look at it. Then remember and paraphrase Jesus's word as you realise that you are more beautiful in God's eyes than the flower.
Thanksgiving. Lord Jesus, thank you that you care for us beyond measure. Amen.