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Fear and Worry
One of the most common pieces of advice Jesus
has for his disciples is 'do not be afraid, do not
Fear often is debilitating. We worry about
violence and so we stay inside and lock our
doors. We fear revealing our thoughts or
emotions worrying that others will laugh at us
or reject us. We worry about failure, we worry
about the future, we worry about death...
worry. Worry and fear can imprison us and rob
us of our true value and the mission God wants
each one of us to accomplish. I think this is why
Jesus so often told his disciples, 'do not fear.'
One of the important lessons I learned as a
youngster was learning to swim. The starting
point was letting go of the sides of the pool and
learning to float. This took some doing as the
natural temptation was to thrash about to try
and stay afloat, but this inevitably led to sinking
like a stone. I had to learn to relax and trust
the buoyancy of the water. Faith is learning
to trust the buoyancy of God in our lives, and
trusting that all things will be well in the end.
It's learning to trust the love of God and what
people of faith call the everlasting arms.
When I get in a tizzy in my life and fear and
worry take over I find it helpful to remember
to relax and remember I am not alone. I find
it helpful to take time to be still and focus
breathing regularly and deeply.
I sometimes imagine floating
on water and say to myself
the simple words, "trust in God."
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Volunteers give families
more time with sick child'
Helping hand: Ronald McDonald House South Island is holding an open night for people to learn how they can become volunteers and make
a difference for many children and their families.
Volunteers are the backbone of
our charity, ensuring that the
bulk of funds raised can go
directly towards operating
There could be 27 families staying at Ronald
McDonald House South Island tonight.
For some, it could be an overnight stay,
while for others the house will become a
''home away from home'' for many months
and frequent visits.
The doors of this important facility are
kept open largely due to the work of many
volunteers -- an army of people who
regularly make a difference in the lives of all
the families who stay there.
Situated on the corner of Cashel and
Montreal streets, Ronald McDonald House
South Island provides free accommodation
and support to families who must travel to
Christchurch for their child's hospital care.
The charity is now appealing for new
volunteers to register their interest.
A Volunteer Open Night is being held at
the house on February 13, from 5pm,
allowing people to learn about the different
There will also be a chance to have a look
around the house, allowing a greater
appreciation of what the facility provides for
families who are going through some of the
hardest times of their lives.
''Volunteers are the backbone of our
charity, ensuring that the bulk of funds
raised can go directly towards operating the
house and are not swallowed up in
administrative costs,'' says general manager
Emma Jones. Opportunities include
becoming an after-hours supervisor,
cooking evening meals, baking, cleaning,
gardening and helping with administration.
''We are always welcoming new
volunteers, and encourage people to come
along to our open night to learn how they
can make a difference,'' says Jones. ''Quite
simply, volunteering gives our families more
time with their sick child -- a gift that cannot
be quantified in dollars and cents.''
Volunteer Open Night,
Ronald McDonald House South Island,
Wednesday, February 13, 5pm,
33 Cashel St (cnr of Montreal St)
Please RSVP to Zucchi Leonard on
03 377 3311 or email:
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