Luke 12:22-31 (NIV)

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.23Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? 26Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27″Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:22-23 (NRSV)  [Jesus] said to his disciples, “…do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.”

DEVOTION – Susan I. Shelso (Minnesota)

One Christmas when my children were young and I was a single parent attending college, an anonymous donor or donors provided Christmas gifts for my family.  Among the gifts was a snowsuit for my three-year-old son, who loved to play in the snow.  I remember the first time he came inside after playing in his new snowsuit.  As I took off the coat, I could feel the warmth of his body still in the fibers of the coat.  I realized that he had never before been so warm while playing out in the snow.  Tears came to my eyes as I gave thanks to God for the generosity of those strangers who provided for my little boy.

Now I am in a position to help others who may be struggling to be warm or to eat or to go to school.  While Jesus told us not to worry about what we will eat or what we will wear, I know from personal experience that it is easier not to worry when someone comes along to help us in our struggles.  By God’s guidance and with God’s help, we can help others to live with fewer worries.  We can show them by our acts of love and care that God’s love is the answer to our worry or fear.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God’s love is made visible in our acts of generosity.

LINK2LIFE: Go to www.devotional.upperroom.org/blog to see a picture of Susan’s son in his snowsuit.

PRAYER: Dear Father, help us to comfort others in their worries as you comfort us. Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: Single Parents

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