• Hope In The Midst Of Anxiety We Can’t Shake

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    Important word for such a time as this from James Dwyer in Relevant Magazine  ~Randi

    Can Hope and Worry Coexist?

    Exploring the tension between the call to hope, and the anxiety we often can’t seem to shake.

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    One of the defining marks of Christianity is hope—we know that no matter what happens, we always have hope in Christ, hope in the coming of His Kingdom, hope that in time He will make things right. But this doesn’t quite get rid of our worry—and sometimes, it seems we have a lot of it. We worry that we’ll get stuck in our entry-level job forever. We worry that we’ll grow up the make the same mistakes our parents did. We worry that we’ll lose the ones we love most.

    And in the wake of so many acts of senseless violence like those of Aurora, Colorado, Sandy Hook and the Boston Marathon, we worry that we’re never truly safe anymore—that we’re vulnerable to tragedy at any second, that so much could be lost if we only find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    Sure, we have hope, but we live in a crazy world and it’s not easy to forget that there are many things to worry us. As Christians, what are we supposed to do with this tension? How do we deal with worry and fear? And is there a place for it in our faith?

    We’re not alone in our questioning. The disciples, who walked with Jesus and witnessed great miracles in His presence, had the same concerns. In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus speaks to those gathered—His disciples included—these words of comfort: “Do not worry about your life … can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”

    These are words of comfort—though also of challenge. It is incredibly reassuring to know that the God who created everything that has ever been and has power over all things loves us, protects us and wants only the best for us. He only wants good things for us. Yet, the reality of living in a broken world, where His Kingdom has not yet returned, is that we will experience pain. Our fears, sometimes, will come true. We know this from experience. We know this deeply. So we worry.

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