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Sonia Falaschi-Ray’s article in the January Diary December 16, 2016

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.

Don’t worry, it might not happen.

What a year we have just had! Nationally, we had Brexit, the outcome of which is still far from clear. Across Europe, people are rebelling against an old order which they feel has let them down, disrupted their way of life and left them behind. The man originally thought of as a joke making satire redundant has been elected as the next President of the United States. The disasters of wars in Syria, Iraq and other parts of the world, which are destroying whole communities, ruining lives and which have no simple solutions, bear down on us all.

More personally, you may have had a really rough 2016 and are hoping that 2017 will be better, but you worry that it might not be. We can make sensible provision for probable outcomes and perhaps build in flexibility for possible events. However, after that, when dealing with Donald Rumsfeld’s famous ‘unknown unknowns’ we may do little other than worry.

Jesus addressed this propensity for angst head-on. ‘I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of more value than them? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life-span? So, don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. But, strive first for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.’

So what does ‘striving for the Kingdom of God and his righteousness’ mean? Well, if you attempt to treat others as you would yourself like to be treated, that’s a good start. Even if you consider you don’t ‘do God’ you’ll not be so far from him, and his caring for you, as you might think.

Many blessings for 2017


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