“Do not worry about tomorrow . . . ” Matthew 6:34a NRSV

Thought

Anxiety is worry born of grief-driven uncertainty. Anxiety is the product of your projection about tomorrow and what may or may not come to pass. Most often, what you worry about for tomorrow never even happens. Anxiety may be an expression of your fear of the unknown. After the death of your loved one, anxiety may cause unaccustomed distress or panic because of unknown outcomes or long-term possibilities. That is the prospect for tomorrow. This is today. Abandon tomorrow and live only in this day.

Prayer

God, I scarcely live today because I worry incessantly about tomorrow. You alone know. May I release my grip on tomorrow so that I may be present to you today. Amen.

Assurance

Life becomes more manageable when I do not worry about tomorrow.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012