Whether you are a chronic worrier like me, or simply need some perspective at this hectic time of the year, here are some verses of Holy Writ to comfort you and remind you of what’s really important:
And he said to his disciples: Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat; nor for your body, what you shall put on. The life is more than the meat, and the body is more than the raiment. Consider the ravens, for they sow not, neither do they reap, neither have they storehouse nor barn, and God feedeth them. How much are you more valuable than they? And which of you, by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit? If then ye be not able to do so much as the least thing, why are you solicitous for the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin. But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these. Now if God clothe in this manner the grass that is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more you, O ye of little faith? And seek not you what you shall eat, or what you shall drink: and be not lifted up on high. For all these things do the nations of the world seek. But your Father knoweth that you have need of these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.
St. Luke 12: 22-31
Be nothing solicitous; but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things. The things which you have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye, and the God of peace shall be with you.
Give not up thy soul to sadness, and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. The joyfulness of the heart, is the life of a man, and a never failing treasure of holiness: and the joy of a man is length of life. Have pity on thy own soul, pleasing God, and contain thyself: gather up thy heart in his holiness: and drive away sadness far from thee. For sadness hath killed many, and there is no profit in it.
(All three of these quotes are from the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible, which is my current favorite.) I had to begin with those wonderful words of Our Lord; as well as being just perfect for me I remember that my father said that they were some of his favorite verses as well. And then I put this passage from St. Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians because I woke up this morning with the lines in my head–I had been having nightmares and they were a comforting antidote. (Perhaps you could teach them to a child who has frequent nightmares for comfort and strength!) Thirdly I included these amazing verses from Ecclesiasticus that I only discovered for the first time in the last couple of years, which I love because I also feel that they could have been written just for me (I am a melancholic by temperament, a very scary thing to be sometimes!).
Hopefully these verses will redirect any worry or fretting you have been/may experience during this season of the year. Worry has no place in the life of a Christian–always pray with trust and keep your eyes on the ultimate goal!