Do not look forward to the trials
and crosses of this life with dread and fear.
Rather, look to them with full confidence
that as they arise, God, to whom you belong,
will deliver you from them.
He has guided and guarded you thus far in life.
Do you but hold fast to his dear hand
and He will lead you safely through all trials.
Whenever you cannot stand,
he will carry you lovingly in his arms.
Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.
The same eternal Father who cares for you today
will take good care of you tomorrow
and every day of your life.
Either he will shield you from suffering
or He will give you the unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace, then,
and put aside all useless thoughts,
vain dreads, and anxious imaginations.
--St. Francis de Sales
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