This week I’ve been reflecting on our worship experience from this past Youth Sunday.
First, what an amazing job our fine youth did in leading us! Confident, warm, wise, professional, thoughtful, inspiring… just a few adjectives that came to mind as I worshiped through their words, music, and leadership. I have worked with youth and college students through most of my ministry career, so I’m not surprised by their capability. Rather, I am genuinely thankful for this church that has partnered with their families to raise them into adulthood. I am thankful that these young people are open to your guidance and embrace our liturgical traditions. I am ever thankful for the unpredictable spirit of God that breathes new life and vitality into their being.
Second, the scripture lesson from Sunday has been on my heart this week. This Matthew 6 passage has been so familiar to me that I fear (ha!) it may have lost some of its intensity over time. But this week it has been a dull throb in my mind – faint but uncomfortable – do not worry…for each day has enough trouble of its own.
Over the last several months, Mollie (our 10-year-old daughter) has been watching the evening news with us – The NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, to be exact. Previously, our nightly ritual was to wait until after Mollie’s bedtime to cue up the DVR and catch up on the day’s events. I’m not exactly sure how Mollie was invited into this new ritual. I suppose it was fueled mostly by her own curiosity. But it was also an important transition for us as her parents to allow Mollie to see and hear world events through a lens apart from ours.
And the questions have come! Some are manageable: “Is your Facebook data safe?” Some are uncomfortable: “who is Stormy Daniels?” Some are impossible: “Why are there so many mass shootings?” Behind some of her questions I can hear a familiar note of fear. Though I try to tell her not to worry, I’ll be honest, it’s hard to be a reassuring when fear casts its dark shadow on you, too.
This may be why Jesus is honest with us: for each day has enough trouble of its own. The trouble with trouble is that it is real and present every day. The walk of the faithful does not assume security. This is made most evident through Jesus’ life and death. However, the walk of the faithful shouldassume a sense a satisfaction and wholeness – not because there isn’t trouble each day, but because we have power over fear which was made evident through Jesus’ resurrection. The walk of the faithful leaves footprints of grace and hope, not fear.
Therefore, this is my hope for Mollie, and myself, and for you as your read this. May we each be guided by the hope of the resurrection so that we will face the trouble each day with grace, peace, humility, humor, and love. Perhaps with more hope and less fear the troubles, too, will one day come to an end. May it be so!
Written by Daniel Ingram