The Wisdom of Many Worries

Everyone has stress. Have you ever had one or two unexpected things pop up that lead to a day or days of stress or inconvenience? Maybe: your car broke down? your hot water heater stopped working? an unexpected financial issue? With the “extras” piled on, you just want things to get back to “normal.”

There is an old Yiddish blessing that says:

‎זאל איר זיין ברוך מיט פילע דאגות/zal ir zeyn brukh mit file dagus.


“May you be blessed with many worries.”

At first glance this sounds terrible, but there is wisdom here. To have “many worries” was to be living a normal life with regular, daily cares. In other words, your life had not been overwhelmed by one terrible concern – a death, or serious illness as examples.

Messiah Yeshia/Jesus tells His followers to “not worry” about tomorrow because today has enough worry of it’s own (Matt. 6:34). He is not diminishing the significance of our daily concerns, rather, He is redirecting our focus.

Today will have its troubles, but trust in the One who made today; and be grateful for the normal day:

‎זֶה-הַיּוֹם, עָשָׂה יְהוָה; נָגִילָה וְנִשְׂמְחָה בוֹ

“This is the day that the Lordhas made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24).

Messiah is directing our day, with its ups and downs, to Himself.

Be well. Shalom.

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