Pro 12v25 – Releasing the strangle

I find etymology, the study of the origin of words and their meanings, intriguing. One example is found in Proverbs 12:25, which reads: “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up”. The word “worry” comes from the Old English word “wyrgan”, initially meaning “strangle.” If you’ve ever grappled with intense anxiety, you will understand how apt the imagery of feeling strangled truly is! In recent times, anxiety disorders are commonly diagnosed as mental health conditions and are marked by pervasive worry, anxiety, or fear, leading to disproportionate stress, an inability to set aside concerns, and restlessness. We worry about many things—our daily responsibilities, our well-being, and that of our loved ones, financial constraints, past failures, and the uncertain future. But Jesus emphasizes the futility of such worry – “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:31-34). Open Bible –, (Lilandi F)