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Daily Devotional for November 5


November 5                                                     Luke 12:22-31

                     "... why are you anxious. ... ?"

Today's Gospel is an invitation to childlike trust. The central
question it poses is this: Who is in charge of my life? If I am
in charge of my life, then it is up to me to provide for every
possible contingency - an impossible task whose pursuit will
succeed only in making me a nervous wreck!

The desire of Jesus is to free us from this burden of anxiety.
Jesus therefore not only addresses our symptoms (" not
be anxious about your life..."), but also offers us a way out
("Instead, seek [God's] reign. ..").

To seek God's reign is to surrender control of my life to God
confidently, knowing that I am the child of a provident God.
To seek God's reign is to accept with humility the fact that
in my humanness I cannot possibly know, anticipate, or do
everything myself. To seek God's reign is to imitate Jesus when
he said, "For I have come down from heaven not to do my
own will, but the will of the One who sent me." (John 6:38)

This attitude of childlike trust freed God to bring Jesus to the
fullness that God had in mind before Jesus was ever born. It
is that same glory that Jesus desires for each of us today.
Therefore, let the mantra on our lips today be: Provident God,
I trust you.

From The Road to Emmaus - An inclusive devotional Edited by Joseph W. Houle

Emmaus House of Prayer - Washington D.C

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