I grew up in Brooklyn, NY, but my true heritage lies in the island of Jamaica, where I was born. I remain attached to some of the things of the Islands, including the music. One song in particular is “Three Little Birds” by the late singer Bob Marley. While I can’t share the entire song here, I believe these few lyrics will encourage you through trying times. Think Jamaican as you read them: “Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be alright. Singin’ don’t worry, about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be alright. Rise up this mornin’, smiled with the risin’ sun. Three little birds pitch by my doorstep. Singin’ sweet songs of melodies pure and true, sayin’, ‘This is my message to you-ou-ou.’ Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be alright. Singin’ don’t worry, about a thing, ‘cause every little thing gonna be alright.”

For many of you, it’s been a long and difficult week. For all of us, as we have endured months of a life-threatening pandemic, it’s been a very trying year. But be encouraged by Jude 1:2, The Message: “Relax, everything’s going to be all right; rest, everything’s coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!” Jesus, who in John 14:6 told His disciples, “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” also said in John 16:33, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Yes, in the world we will have trouble, but our Lord says we are not to worry about a thing. Why? Because He is still in control! He says, “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest” (Joshua 1:9). So, don’t worry about a thing because everything is going to be alright! By the way, if you’d like to hear Bob Marley’s song, go online to YouTube and search Three Little Birds.


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