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Luke 21:25-36

Getting Rid of Shadows

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Luke 21:25-36
Getting Rid of Shadows

By Lois Parker Edstrom

I think everyone worries a little bit from time to time, even kids. Sometimes we worry about silly things that we know are not likely to happen. Have you ever been frightened at night by a shadow on the ceiling? You worry about what it could be until you turn on the light and it goes away. It turns out to be the shadow of your bedpost or perhaps the corner of a table.

Some people worry about the weather. They worry that it will be too hot, too cold, or will rain. Of course there is nothing we can do about the weather. We may have to change our plans, but there is no use to worry about it.

Sometimes we worry about serious things. If someone you love is sick you may worry about them and want them to feel better. We can understand this kind of worry, can’t we?

Jesus says this about worry: “So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with… (the) cares of this life” (21:34).

Worry is not a helpful thing. It makes us feel uncomfortable and fearful. Worry can feel like a heavy thing that we carry around.

Jesus speaks about hope. He teaches us that we may wonder what will happen and when it will happen, but reminds us, “God is near” (21:31).

I think this means that, although some things are difficult and sometimes we may feel frightened, we must remember and know that God’s Spirit is near to encourage us, to help us, and to calm our fears.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan