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Anxious but Unafraid

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Matthew 6:24-34 and Proverbs 3:5-8
Friends, I think it’s about time we talked about worry. I have a daughter who is pretty good about it – she calls me into her room when she needs “Worry Time”. We save up whatever has got her worried throughout the day, and then we sit down and she pours it all out. Sometimes she has to correct me, because I am not very good at platitudes, so she tells me what is most helpful for her to hear, “Mom, just say, ‘That will never happen, honey.’”  And so I do.
But most of the time, just sharing whatever it is that has got her worried, seems to take away the power of the worrying, at least for the moment.  And then she always asks me, “What are you worried about, Mommy?” And it always stops me in a rush of gratitude. Because it reminds me that we belong to each other.
For me, the most comforting thing for me to hear is not, “That will never happen.” But “Even if…” Even if the very worst thing that could happen does happen, it will still be ok.   Even if, like…

Work, rest, repeat (aka. belonging training)

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(WHY SABBATH? PART II)

Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Mark 12:31

I know this is going to be really hard for some of you to believe, but I can be a difficult person to live with. I am messy, and distracted, and often impatient or irritable.And my people get frustrated with me, and hurt when I am short or edgy with them.And then I have to do the work of seeing them, and my impact on them, and apologizing and forgiving and restoring our connection.Because we belong to each other. They are mine and I am theirs. And we know that is not up for grabs. That means we have to work things out, we can’t just cut off and walk away every time things get hard. We can’t just close off in our own little world and not have to deal with one another.
We live with one another – our space, our time, our sadness, our celebrations – these things are bravely shared.We can’t throw our garbage in each other’s rooms, or claim the bathroom as our own sovereign territory and refuse to let others use it.Learning to belong to other…