Jesus told his followers not to worry, but I do. Being loved and accepted, having food and shelter, keeping my health: these concerns continue. I worry about the Israel-Hamas War; the war in Ukraine less so. (How quickly our concerns change!) The upcoming presidential election. The fear our polarized society will come apart in open warfare. Climate change, extinction of species, immigration, racism, aging populations, homelessness, gun-violence, and increasingly disparate incomes — these worry me as does our increasing attention to electronic devices. Will their artificial intelligence make our real intelligence obsolete?
Happily, my church tells me to worry about one thing: that God’s will be done on earth as in heaven. I would be fearless like the disciples after first seeing their savior, risen and whole. I would be like Saint Paul, giving thanks in all circumstances. But even as I am, I know I am loved.