I learn so much while walking the dogs. Everywhere I look, there is something beautiful to see, something worthy to ponder. The other day, ambling along the river on the bike path, I passed a fence painted with these words, and it set me to thinking.
It put me in mind of many a prayer, and of many a verse of Scripture. Prayers like the one said at Mass, at the end of the Our Father: “grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may always be free from sin and safe from all distress”. An older version of this prayer reads “protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope”. A still older one–preVatican II– asks God to keep us free “from all disturbance”.
St. Pope John Paul II said in his inauguration address in 1978 “Do not be afraid”.
So many times in the Gospels one read the words of Jesus, or of angels: “Be not afraid”.
Jesus is with us, always. Trust in Him will dispel fears and worries.
I was glad to see this reminder painted so strongly on someone’s fence, however secular the painter’s thoughts might have been. Put your trust in God. Do not waste your time in worrying, in imagining catastrophe, but abide peacefully in the knowledge that God wants the best for us, and whatever happens, He will be with us every step of the way and bring goodness out of all.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Notice the ravens: they do not sow or reap; they have neither storehouse nor barn, yet God feeds them. How much more important are you than birds! Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life span? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?” Luke 12:22-26