Saturday, April 16, 2011

A Prayer for Saturday, April 16, 2011

“Consider the Lilies”

Human beings cannot just sit around and expect God to drop clothes on their bodies in the same way that God drops beautiful garb on the lilies of the field because, from the very beginning, human beings have been meant to work—Adam was put in the garden to till and keep it, after all. He probably took care of some lilies.

Still, God means for us to trust in God; we are to do the best we can do and to leave the rest to God.

Since we are of a different character than lilies—we have spirits, minds, consciences and relationships—life is going to be more complicated for us than it is for them but still—we are so much better off if we direct our spirits, minds, consciences, and relationships toward trust in God and away from worry.

O God, help us to grow toward having a simple yet mature trust in you that will allow us to at the same time take our lives with utmost seriousness and yet leave them in your hands.

Thank you for caring about us. Help us to care about each other, too, since if we spend our time and energy helping those who really struggle to have clothes we’ll spend less time thinking about getting some new ones for ourselves.


“And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?”(Matthew 6:28-30)

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