As another year draws to a close, one would think that we would become more relaxed and less worrisome. However, we actually become more stressed about what the end of the year brings – the expensive month of December with Christmas and even some birthdays, the struggle to get to month end, fear of what the new year might hold for us, how much is inflation going to be, school fees, job security, etc.
We start to stress in a time where we should be preparing ourselves for a joyous time. Christmas – the birth of our Lord and a blessed time with family and love.
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself”
“Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.”
The verse in Matthew speaks of how Jesus tells us not to be anxious about the future, and the verses in Habakkuk speak of how through whatever happens we must still find joy in the Lord and rely on Him because he is strong enough to get us through.
This may sound easier said than done, but whenever you feel stress or worry creep up on you and start to enter your mind, pray. Pray to God to take away the worry and to help you rely on Him. It won’t be perfect, but with God by our side and the constant calling for Him, we can start to fight the stress and worry that tries to break us down. Find strength in God because He can get you through it all.
This prayer is known by different names: “Morning Prayer,” “St. Patrick’s Breastplate,” or “The Lorica.”…