Christmas Day (December 25th)

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For unto us a child is born, O come let us worship! +

Evening Prayer: March 2nd

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Psalms: 12, 13, 14
Gospel: Matt 6:24-34
Patristic Reading: An excerpt from The Confessions of St. Augustine

Do not worry about tomorrow. Today’s trouble is enough for today. (Matt 6:34)

When I first joined the Anglican church, I used to attend a mid-week Eucharist with a lovely bunch of elderly ladies :D. One of my lasting memories of that place is hearing the priest reading this passage, smiling brightly and chuckling to himself before proceeding to preach.

At the time, I was amused and very surprised to see the minister have an almost comical reaction to Scripture. Now that I have a few more years experience under my belt, I can definitely understand where he was coming from.

Seminarians and priests alike have a special perchant for worrying and stressing. For some reason, in proclaiming the very Word we say leads to life…..those who work in Churchland sometimes forget that food, shelter, clothing, vestries, financial reports–and everything in between–ultimately rest in the hands of the Creator, and not with us mere mortals.

There is a saying from AA that says the trip to sobriety involves taking it “one day at a time” and not to look too far ahead and become overwhelmed. That too is what God wants for us.

Notice that God does not promise that our lives will be trouble free….but rather, that he will provide for our needs. Notice that Jesus doesn’t say we will be relieved of the need to bitch and complain about the crappy things in our lives, he merely asks us to consider the lilies of the field, and the birds of the air.

God knows the troubles we face daily–and indeed–He has experienced them on his own when he came to the Earth. The key is to remember that we are not alone in our struggles……we are not alone in our disappointments……we are not alone in our doubts and uncertainty for the future…We are joined hand in hand with the Son and with the rest of Christ’s living body–the Church to support each other, and to figure out what it means to be the heart, hands, and feet of God’s coming Kingdom.

May we always journey together in hope, anticipation, and wonder. +

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