Calming words at the end of a chaotic week

“We are perpetually tempted to think it is our weight, our responsibility, our work. . . Pronouns often betray us. We speak glibly of ‘my’ work, our work, but it is always Christ’s work. . . Before we take up our holy calling, before we put our shoulders to the grindstone, before we make good on all our intentions, Christ has beat us to the punch, knitting together a body of believers that not even our blunders and mistakes can undo.”  — Larry Wohlrabe, Bishop of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod (ELCA)

“Most Christians commit things to the Lord when on their knees, and then the moment they rise from their knees they take the burden all back on their own shoulders. We must not only commit our cares to the Lord, but we must also leave them with Him, and it is in the leaving that most people fail.” —  Hannah Whitall Smith, holiness writer

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” — Philippians 4 (The Message).

“Worrying is praying for what you don’t what to happen. Stop!” — Source unknown

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