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Don't Worry!

Shabbat Shalom! We have Painted Lady butterflies flittering through our yard today as they are on a migration path to Greece. The verse I chose does not have the words “Shabbat or Rest” in it, but the whole context is about rest. They came to my mind because of the butterflies not worrying about anything as they travel.

Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore, I tell you, don’t worry about your life — what you will eat or drink; or about your body — what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds flying about! They neither plant nor harvest, nor do they gather food into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they are? Can any of you by worrying add a single hour to his life? “And why be anxious about clothing? Think about the fields of wild irises, and how they grow. They neither work nor spin thread, yet I tell you that not even Shlomo in all his glory was clothed as beautifully as one of these. If this is how God clothes grass in the field — which is here today and gone tomorrow, thrown in an oven — won’t he much more clothe you? What little trust you have! “So don’t be anxious, asking, ‘What will we eat?,’ ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘How will we be clothed?’ For it is the pagans who set their hearts on all these things. Your heavenly Father knows you need them all. But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Don’t worry about tomorrow — tomorrow will worry about itself! Today has enough tsuris already! (CJB)

These verses speak for themselves. Don’t WORRY! REST! TRUST Adonai.

The word “tsuris” means “trouble.” Today has it’s own issues - why worry about tomorrow?

I don’t believe I need to explain anything. All I need to say is, “SHABBAT SHALOM!”

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Photo credit to my daughter Abigail! It is one of the Painted Lady butterflies from our front yard!


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