Explain how to proclaim the "good news" for a 21st-century high school audience by finding a source of media (news report, song, or poem) that reflects the message of the passage Luke 12:22–25.

In the passage Luke 12:22-25, Jesus encourages his followers to place their faith in God rather than worrying about the future. Sources of media that could help proclaim this message for a high school audience are the Christian contemporary songs "Hold Me Fast" and "Perfect Peace" and the poem "The Lamb" by William Blake.

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In Luke 12:22–25, Jesus is speaking to his followers and essentially says that there is no need to worry or fear the future, because God is in control of every detail. During times of uncertainty, it can certainly be easy to allow worry to creep into the heart and mind. However, worry is both something that quickly overcomes reason and something that Jesus claims is totally futile. Jesus uses the analogy of how all the needs of the raven are met by God and concludes the comparison by saying, "And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?" (24b–25).

Because worry is such a relevant topic, there are many articles, songs, and poems addressing it. From Christian artists, songs such as "He Will Hold Me Fast" by Keith and Kristyn Getty or "Perfect Peace" by Laura Story proclaim the total reliance that people can have on God during trying times because of God's faithfulness and desire to give peace during difficult times. William Blake's "The Lamb" also addresses this Biblical passage's meaning, this time by questioning a lamb as to who cares for all its needs, with the poem concluding that it is God who both created and sustains the lamb.

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