22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.
23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.
24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!
29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you
2 Esdras 7
Good News Translation of the Apocrypha
1 When I had finished speaking, the same angel that had been sent to me on the earlier nights appeared again.
2 He said, "Stand up, Ezra, and listen to what I have come to tell you."
3 "Go ahead, sir," I said. He continued, "Picture in your mind a broad, immense sea spreading over a vast area, 4 but with an entrance no wider than a river. 5 No one who wishes to enter that sea, whether to visit it or control it, can reach its broad expanse of water without passing through the narrow entrance.
6 Or take another example: Picture a city built on a plain. The city is full of all kinds of good things, 7 but the entrance to it is narrow and steep, with fire on one side and deep water on the other. 8 The one path between the fire and the water is so narrow that only one person at a time may walk on it.
9 If anyone inherits this city, he cannot take possession of his inheritance without passing through this dangerous entrance."
10 "That is right, sir," I said.
"That is how it is with the people of Israel," he added.
11 "I made this world for their sake, but when Adam broke my commands, the world came under my judgment. 12 Then the entrances into this world were made narrow and difficult to travel. They were rough, dangerous, and few in number.
13 But the entrances to the great world to come are wide and safe and lead to immortality.
14 Everyone who lives must walk the narrow and meaningless ways of this world in order to receive the blessings stored up in the world to come.
15 So, Ezra, why are you upset and disturbed by the thought that you are mortal and must die?
16 Why don't you think about the age to come, rather than the present age?"
17 I answered, "Lord and master, in your Law you said that the righteous would receive all these blessings, but that the wicked would perish.
18 The righteous then can endure all the difficulties of this narrow way because they look forward to the broad and open life of the future, but the wicked must pass through the narrow way without any hope of seeing the broad open life."
19 The angel replied, "Do you think you are a better judge than God? Do you think you are wiser than God Most High?
20 It is better to let many people of the present age perish than to allow them to neglect the Law that God has given them. 21 God has given clear commandments to everyone coming into this world, telling them what they should do to obtain life
The Throne of God is Emerald and Red. John tells us in Revelation. Also the Favorite Color of God is Emerald Green. And found by the Shining Waters.
Holy Days - the time to work for others. The time to be pleased to gather and trust in the Lord God for our times to come. To be grateful for what has been. In times of stress, not to make those big decisions in stress - to lean upon the Lord Father God's wisdom.
To find inner joy. And this Joy of the Lord is our strength.
500 B.C. This History is recorded in parallel form in the Babylonian Chronicles
Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
And This Idea of Fruitful Celebration continues through the Millenniums of those who Love the Lord God our Father. Father God begins His Creation walking in the Garden.
We release our concerns, our major decisions. We lean with Joy upon You, You are our strength.
Lifting to You, the gifts we hope Your willingness provides. For ourselves, our families, our loved ones.
We will bundle up seeking warm places. Be the warmth in our souls, feeding our words, our compassion, our ways.
Knowing You provide the eternal, we ask today bring us ways of Joy to bridge from this life to Your Kingdom.
Thank You Father for times of new beginnings and celebrations of Your willingness for 2016.
Jesus is Lord, Father God Reigns, and by the Power of our God of Love, The Holy Spirit dwells in us richly.
Jesus the Lord, Jesus our Holy Lord God. Jesus Lord of Lord, King of Kings. Alleluia Jesus our Righteousness in this season and always. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves! †