Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.@Matthew 6:34

Jessie A. Lee, 2012 (public domain), alt. by Angela K. Zehr.

Angela K. Zehr, harmonized by N. E. M. (🔊 pdf nwc).

I was hired by the Mennonite mission in Romania to teach the English language to some local Romanian children in Păltiniș, Romania; as well as teaching music and regular classes to the missionary children. As you can imagine, my days were very full, for after school (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) I visited villagers regularly, helped elderly ladies, administered medicine and help to the sick and helped in the mission office at times in the evening. I know the Romanian language but am not fluent in writing it, so I wrote this song in English and handed out a Romanian translation at the program for the children’s parents. The idea came to me one hurried day as I was cleaning up my messy classroom and worrying how to get everything done. Suddenly this song popped into my mind—just leave it for tomorrow. I even had a tune in my mind as I wrote it similar to the one Angela came up with; and I sent my poem around by email to all my acquaintances and family. Soon Angela emailed me and asked if she could put a tune to my poem; I was excited because I wanted the children to sing it at the program anyway.

Jessie Lee, 2015

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Jessie A. Lee (1992-)

Just leave it for tomorrow—’cause it’s not today,
And troubles from the day before have passed away!
So take the day God’s given you, and that’s enough;
Tomorrow may not come, and yesterday was tough.

Refrain

So leave tomorrow and today on God’s doormat,
Where ev’rything is better—leave it just like that!
Don’t pick back up tomorrow or another woe,
Today is where He leads us, and with us will go.

If you would take tomorrow when today’s not through,
A knot comes in your stomach, and your breath’s short, too,
So that you feel so weary and can’t take today,
So drop tomorrow and let Jesus lead the way.

Refrain

When we take more ourselves than what we ever could,
It can’t be joyful living, peaceable or good.
God said His yoke is easy, and His burden’s light.
So walk today with Jesus, and you’ll win the fight!

Refrain

If you hold on tomorrow, it will weigh you down.
You cannot carry it because today’s around.
Alone you will be lonely and the way seems long,
But Jesus gives you joy, and you’ll walk with a song!

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