“NOW AND THEN I am a real worrywart.
I fret about bladder control and outliving
I worry about flu shots, the Middle East, and
why the waitstaff gave me apple pie instead
At times I’ve made myself miserable worrying
about things out of my control.
God, why is it so hard for me to cast my burdens
Scripture tells me to give you my worries, but I keep
taking them back as if I can’t trust you.
Who am I to doubt the Creator’s ability to deal
with my doubts and fears?
When I am prone to worry, Lord, help me to be
Show me how to release each worry in heavenward
prayer, one by one.
In the big problems of the world and in the small
details of my life, you are there.
You who spun the galaxies into space, now hold
my worrywart heart.”
- Missy Buchanan
Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body
From p. 15 of Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org. Learn more about or purchase this book.
What are the things you worry about? What are your strategies for trusting God more? Share your thoughts.
Today’s Scripture Reading
Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
–Psalm 124:8 NRSV
This Week: Pray teachers and students. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.
Tips for Your Spirit:
In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius urged that all be taught the examen, a daily examination of our deepest feelings and desires. Try a daily Examen.
This week we remember Bernard of Clairvaux (August 20).
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