Text of the week

Rev Louise McClements.
Rev Louise McClements.

‘So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day will bring.’ (Matthew Ch6, v34)

At the start of a New Year so often we look ahead and worry about what the future may hold.

Robert Burns reflected upon this after ploughing a field and accidentally disturbing the nest of a mouse causing it to run away. In his poem ‘To a Mouse’ he says:- ‘The present only toucheth thee,

but och! I backward cast my e’e,

on prospects drear!

an forward, tho I canna see,

I guess an fear!’

The Bard realised how much of our energy is wasted on fear of the future and how refreshing it was to observe the little mouse whose only concern was for the present.

Jesus told his friends not to worry about tomorrow for God promises us just enough strength to cope with each day. Taking one day at a time allows us to treasure each day, free from concern for

the future.

Rev. Louise McClements, minister at Blackbraes, Shieldhill and Muiravonside Parish Churches