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Does God Give Us All We Need

Jun 23, 2016

Dear Friends,
On June 24 we celebrated the feast of St. John the Baptist. I always smile when we
celebrate this day because his feast day reminds me that we only have 6 months until we celebrate Christmas. Isn’t that awesome? I know that summer time is precious and the last thing you want to think about is December.


Thoughts of summer are passing through my mind right now. People are taking family vacations, college students are working, and all are enjoying the nice weather. Summer inspires me to think about “wants and needs.” Does God give us all we need and does he include “wants?”
Mathew 6:25-34 asks us to trust in God’s goodness. “I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and what are to wear. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not sow or reap or gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they are? Can any of you, however much you worry, add one single cubit to your span of life?”


Jesus wants to free us of our anxiety. He wants our homes to be places of peace and not anxiety. God does indeed provide. When it seems like he does not we must understand that in those times we are to do His providing. He calls upon us to
provide.


I was talking with Mary Jo at Sharing and Caring hands. There are two Somalia children who were born without eyes. The remarkable thing is that they are happy children. How can that be? I don’t know but I do know that they are being taken care of and the parents of the children are happy also. There are times when we don’t have what we need or it feels like we don’t and we must take that to our Lord who is the giver.


Sometimes God even gives us what we want. “If you who are evil know how to give good things to your children how much more your heavenly father will give?” (Mathew 7:11) I have seen God give us what we want. Even if what we want is minor and has no application to saving our souls. He just likes to give us good things. I’m not saying He is the “Santa Claus” god. He just enjoys seeing us happy even in the little things.


God bless you,
Fr. Cory