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Happy Ending

Faith and worry

There was once a little girl who worried about everything, everything!

She grew up into a woman, who worried some more.

Life as you can predict, was very difficult for this particular woman,

And any chores, dreams, plans, hopes, were impossible to envision,

And very difficult to embark upon, lest everything goes wrong.

Very few of the worries that she was so sure were just about to happen, happened,

Yet she continued to do so, worry, that is, over every minute little thing.

Why do you worry so much, she was asked once,

She pondered that question, and tried to figure it out, but worried that she had no answer,

Did she learn this worrisome habit, or was she born with it?

Which one would serve her better? If learned, can it be unlearned?

If inherited, can it be discontinued?

And so she worried about this one question until one day, she threw her hands up,

And she said, Oh Lord, please help me and take over all my worries.

What do you promise in return, God said,

And just when she began to worry about providing the correct answer,

God laughed gently and said, “My dear, my dear, give me nothing more than who you are,

Worry and all, because it’s this worry that you have which finally turned you towards me.

But I would like a promise from you, and I know that you can keep it despite your worry to the contrary.

Yes? She asked eagerly.

Promise me that you will never worry about my love to you.  Promise me that this will be the the one thing in your life you will never ever worry about.  I love you my child, and no need to ever doubt that.

And the girl cried, tears of relief, tears of joy, tears of sadness because God, the all knowing, knew, that this woman, and the girl before her, worried most that she was not worthy of God’s love.

Okay, she said.  

Don’t worry about pleasing me anymore, he said.

And so, she gave up her worries to God, her doubts, her insecurities, and found herself,

For the first time ever in her life, free, of the burden to please all, and never herself, or the people who cared the most for her.

And the woman grew into old age, much lighter in spirit, much happier in thoughts, and thanked God every day for his unconditional love and for his unconditional acceptance of who she is.

There was once a little girl who worried about everything, everything, but, no more. A truly happy ending.

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