By Karen Weaver

Matthew 6:34:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

This is so appropriate for 2020. Think of the last 11 months and worrying about jobs, economy, getting sick, family members… the list goes on and on. What about tomorrow? Should we worry about tomorrow? Of course. But let God do the heavy lifting. Let him take the burden. Is there hope?

Luke 2: 8-12
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

When Jesus was born, a shepherd wasn’t the top of the line of occupations. They were often looked upon as thieves and sinners, people who were despised. So where does this leave us during these very strange difficult times? God sent his angels to proclaim the great news of his son’s birth to the shepherds. The lowly shepherds. God is reminding us by celebrating the birth of his son that there is hope for tomorrow and the burden of worry is his to carry!

Prayer:
Dear Father, take the worry and replace it with the hope in you that during this season we can see the good and positive in even the smallest miracle as a tiny baby. I lift up all the worry even for this one minute to you that you can replace it with the hope of tomorrow.

Amen

Have a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.

And, finally, I want to leave you with a little bit of hope:


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