2014 Lenten Devotional – “40 Days Of Disney” – Day Seven

Song #34 – “Why Should I Worry” – Oliver And Company

1988’s “Oliver and Company,” featured not only the music and voice of piano-rock legend Billy Joel, but also the name of my family’s first cat!  In the radio hit, “Why Should I Worry,” Dodger, a “street-wise,” and “street-smart,” dog, teaches the orphaned kitten, Oliver, the way of the city, while managing to steal some sausage links in the process.

The lyrics of the hook, “Why should I worry?  Why should I care?” are exactly what a frightened and lonely Oliver needs to hear to restore some confidence and motivation.  If the Gospel was a musical, Jesus may have been singing this exact tune when he told his disciples in Matthew 6, “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink..Your heavenly Father knows that [your needs]. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own,” (CEB).  Amidst all the troubles and worries of this life, great and small, our loving God knows our needs and has promised to provide for us, so “why should we worry?”

Compassionate God, free us from the anxieties and fears that plague our daily lives by taking our focus, even our trust, away from your kingdom and your care.  Help us live freely into each day, knowing that troubles will come, but that you are greater than any of them, and you will always provide for our needs.  We pray in the name of your generous son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.


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