Dear Members and Friends,
One of the blessings and expressions of loving power within a congregation is to openly face our anxieties. There is a new type of anxiety currently under discussion in the press and other media: Election Anxiety.
Some of you have told me you have it. I woke up at 3 this morning; I must have it too!
Here is a profound and reassuring insight from the Quaker/Menonite/Amish tradition: "We can't make the world come out right."
All our efforts, including the most drastic and violent, are but temporary adjustments to the never-ending desire to fix the world once and for all. Here the 'Anabaptist' insight is key in controlling our anxieties, which left unchecked, drive us to frantic solutions and eventually despair.
What we can do is 'speak truth to power,' love those we perceive as enemies, stay close to the message and spirit of Jesus, and go back again and again in Church history when our ancestors were also stricken with anxiety.
Without fleeing from the pain of the world, we hear this word: 'Peace be with you.' At some point, when the options for civil and peaceful dialog seem to have run their course, we remember to do our best, knowing ultimately only God can make the world come out right. Therefore, we look for sightings of God's hand at work even while we may be laid low with anxiety.
Peace to you.