In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. (1 John 4:10 NRSV)

One day in his later years, the composer Johannes Brahms reached a point in his life when his composing almost came to a halt. He started many things--serenades, part-songs and so on--but nothing would seem to work out. Then he thought, "I am too old. I have worked long and diligently and have achieved enough. Here I have before me a carefree old age and can enjoy it in peace. I resolve to compose no more."

This cleared his mind and relaxed his faculties so much that he was able to pick up with his composing again without difficulty.

Many of us are a bundle of anxieties. That is why we accomplish so little. What we need is to relax in the knowledge that we are loved. "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that whoever believes in him..." Do you believe in Christ?

Then what in the world are you worried about? Accept his love. Lay your deepest concerns at the foot of the cross.


God of peace, take away the worries, as I focus on your love. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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