So much of what roils our land today is rooted in simple anxiety – worry – concern – and fear. The protests, demonstrations and rallies are born, at base, in the feeling of a loss of control and the uncertainty that produces. All this anti-Trump angst is politically absurd. He was duly and properly elected. But on a personal level it is something very real and for some very painful. It was easy to mock on election night and in its immediate aftermath, but now it invokes a very different response in me.
We mocked Obama and his “hope and change” message, but I think we missed something very important – people really did put their hope in him and that hope has now been taken from them,. That’s got to be painful. This was easy for us to miss for our hope resides somewhere very different and it is difficult for us to imagine having that much investment in our government or our president.
On a political level we must continue to oppose – that’s just politics. But on a personal level It is time to let go of the mockery and the derision and offer comfort. And in that spirit, I offer the most comforting words I know:
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Why not offer them to a worried friend today?