Thursday, May 19, 2016

I'm not really worried

This has been one rough year, hasn't it? This election cycle alone has been enough to drive you crazy. Every where you turn, there is conflict, violence and strife, and people just seem to be getting angrier every day. I am sure that there are way more people who have developed problems with anxiety because of it. 

I think feeling this way is one downturn to having instant access to "news." I put that in quotes because it's even more difficult than ever to know which "news" source you can trust. Social media seems to exacerbate the problem. I have a wide variety of "friends" on Facebook (which I am very thankful for) and in one day alone I can see 10 or more differing opinions on any given issue. And every one of these people who post their opinions are very sincere in their beliefs. A lot of them are people whose judgement I trust. 

I find myself feeling confused and conflicted on a daily basis. I feel like I'm always second-guessing myself. I've decided to stop doing that. I seemed to get a feeling of renewal around Easter this year. I love the book of Acts, and that period between Easter and Pentecost. The stories of the early church are fascinating to me. Living under the Roman occupation in Jerusalem was way worse than what we have seen. I cannot imagine how terrible life was there. My husband and I were watching "The Bible" and "A.D. The Bible Continues" when something dawned on me. During that horrible time, when the Jews were once again under the power of another people,  God sent his Son like he promised them he would. He sent the Redeemer, and even though there are still people who don't know him or won't believe, we have the promise he gave us. He will return. But until then, we can receive him in the Eucharist until he returns. We can be his hands and his feet and bring his love to others, knowing that we have the peace that passes all understanding.

So I am not really worried. 

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