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There is no doubt plenty of stuff to worry about in the world. Yet, often, we worry about the wrong things. Although it is important to be prepared and to be prudent in life, if we're smothered by chronic anxiety, we're going to find it hard to live a life of joy and significance. The ancient people of Judah, who were captive in Babylon, were no doubt filled with anxiety. Yet, God speaks through the prophet to tell them their anxiety is misplaced. And, for one very good reason: "I will be with you," God says.
For material based on today's gospel text, see "The Crime of Christmas," December 8, 1991, at HomileticsOnline.com.
"Don't worry about it."
How many times have you heard those words, or something similar? (Maybe what you heard was the distinctive New York variant: "Fuggedaboudit!")
Those four words -- "Don't worry about it" -- are, in combination with each other, possibly the most useless words in the...