Town of Don’t-You-Worry

Do you know the poem “The Town of Don’t-You-Worry?” By Reverend I.J Bartlett? It opens with these lines:

“There’s a town called Don’t-You-Worry,
on the banks of River Smile.”

It goes on to speak of a place where happiness and singing, patience and prayer abide. In this town there is a shortage of grumbling, frowning and sadness. The town of Don’t-You-Worry sounds like a wonderful place to live. It could even be your town, if you did your part toward its title.

Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek.) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (From Matthew 6:25-34, KJV)

Prayer – God, help us choose prayer over worry. For Christ who worried not. Amen

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