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Why Worry?

How many of us don’t worry? Of course some of us worry more than others. In this assembly outline we hear the message of Jesus not to worry: but simply to trust in him.

Opening Activity: Who wants to live forever?

There are lots of life extending things to do or not to do. Just think of all the advice we are given: don’t smoke, don’t drink alcohol (or at least to drink sensibly and not before you’re old enough!), eat a balanced, healthy diet, five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, take physical exercise. If we do take heed of this advice we will have healthier lives and, hopefully, enjoy a longer life. There are also lots of things, too, that people do to make them look younger: buying expensive oils and creams and ointments, applying makeup, dying your hair, etc. There are lots of ways to look younger or live longer.

Can you live longer by worrying?
‘Can one of you add a day to your life by worrying?’ That’s what Jesus asks. Will worrying make you live longer?! There are so many things that people worry about: money, work, home, friends, family, their children, clothes, time, schoolwork, someone’s health, your own health, things that happen in the world, war, violence, and so on. Sometimes we worry about things and the worrying doesn’t actually change anything. It becomes a wasted emotion. Some people say, ’I was worried sick’ or ’I was worried to death.’ ‘Don’t worry,’ said Jesus. If God looks after the flowers and the grass and the birds in the sky then he will look after you, too because you are worth more than many sparrows.

Why worry? All shall be well
We are precious and valuable to God. He knows us through and through. Saint Julian of Norwich (who lived in the second half of the 14th century) said, ‘All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.’ Show them a small hazelnut. Julian once had a vision of God holding in his hand a small hazelnut. The hazelnut represented everything that ever was, everything that ever existed. It existed simply because God looked at it and loved it. God too looks at us and loves us. We exist because he has made us. We exist because he loves us. So don’t worry about this or that—all shall be well.

Reflection
What things do we worry about?
How many of those things are insignificant or not worth worrying about?
What things cause us stress?
How can we cope with worry?
Do we trust in God?

Prayer
God, we worry about so many things.
Help us to be confident in your love.
Help us to know that you are with us always.

What you may need:
Take some packets of food or other items which contain advice about how much to eat or drink, or how much they contribute (or not!) towards a healthy diet

A Hazelnut

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