from Revd Alistair Jessamine

… do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough
worries of its own’ – Matthew 6.34 Good News Bible

That statement appears in Christ’s so-called Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5-7) which has often been described as the distillation of Christian thought; as encapsulating, in other words, all the Christian beliefs that really matter.

A lot of people will have been experiencing varying degrees of worry on account of the Covid 19 pandemic; and with justification. And particularly so when numerous epidemiologists and medical scientists envisage that such pandemics might well become a feature of future generations of men and women and young people worldwide. Not exactly an alluring prospect.

The Christian response to such alarming predictions is simply to try to resist worrying one’s head over them; and on the principle that worrying over the future only serves to rob today of its strength. And besides, such daunting forecasts may or may not actually materialise.

Better, then, for the Christian to repose in this sentiment contained in Katharina von Schlegel’s great hymn of personal faith and devotion (CH3, 673):

Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.


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