Why worry?

(01-18-22)– Spiritual Hindrances! –Matthew 13:37)


My friend, may I ask you a question? Being prepared for daily living is one thing; being prepared for eternal life another; do we treat both the same way?

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.



Few things bother me more than feeling unprepared. I guess it's a throwback to my days in college when I was taking a full slate of courses, working full-time, and, therefore, feeling unprepared. I remember getting home late from my job and cramming for an exam only hours away. It was an unfortunate mix of panic seasoned with hope. I made it through those four tough years but now, decades later, I still wake up from an occasional nightmare in a cold sweat having dreamed that I fell asleep cramming, my class was only minutes away and, of course, someone had stolen my car to boot. Being unprepared is something I try, therefore, to avoid at all costs. I use a daily calendar, always leave for my meetings and appointments with time to spare and even lay out my needed materials for the next day before I go to bed at night. You could say that I'm a bit of a fanatic when it comes to being prepared for whatever comes next in life.


Being prepared for daily living is one thing; being prepared for eternal life another; do we treat both the same way?


Here's a story: On Christmas Day 1776, Colonel Johann Gottlieb Rall was the commanding officer of the Hessian troops in Trenton, New Jersey. Allied with the British against the colonies, the German Hessian army in Trenton numbered 1,000 soldiers. Up to this time, the American rebels had shown themselves to be undisciplined in battle during the Revolution and had not won a single battle. Colonel Rall decided to allow his troops to enjoy Christmas and most of them drank too much during the festivities. The weather was very cold and there was sleet, hai