What I'm Giving Up

Worry. That is what I want to give up for Lent. My mother says that the women in our family are genetically predisposed to worry. I remembering worrying about nuclear war as a child, having frightening anxiety-ridden dreams, and of course, fearing overall that my presentation at school would not be good enough.

On this journey as a disciple of Christ, worrying is the opposite of trust--trust in our identity as a child of God. We not only suffer when we walk through hardship or tragedy, we suffer anytime we walk through life without trusting God’s grace and power more than our own.

The scripture says it well. Jesus said to his disciples in Luke 12, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.” There are some real zingers from Jesus on this subject: “And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?” No. I guess not. “Do not be afraid little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”

During times of transition and change, worrying and anxiety comes to its height for me. At these times it is being grounded in my identity and trust in God that makes the most impact in my life. We are children of God, whether suffering or worrying. Do not be afraid. We are a part of God’s kingdom! My prayer and hope for each of us as we journey to the cross is that by the grace of God, we will grow in our trust of God. We are children of God. God is with us. The kingdom is near. No worrying needed.

Grace and peace,
Rev. Holly G. Bandel