Well, today while I was reading a book a quote from St. Francis was quoted in the book that I feel was something I needed to hear. It went like this:
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same ever-lasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations and say continually: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not with me but in me and I in Him."
I truly needed to read that. To happen to come across a quote from one of my patron saints on something the Lord knew I needed to see and meditate on comforts me so. A lot of people may say it was just a coincidence, saying that quote was always in that book on page 280, but my response would be: what are the odds it would be a quote from one of my favorite saints, someone I would take notice of? It was not like the author knew when she wrote the book that I would be reading it at the same time I was worrying myself sick about my future. The Lord is wonderful. He knows exactly how to get his sheep's attention and to soothe their fears.
Has anyone of you been feeling weighed down with worry and anxiety during this time? You are not alone. Take whatever it is troubling you up to the Lord. He loves you and will take care of you.
As the scripture says, "Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."---I Peter 5:7
May the peace of the Lord be with you.