May 25, 2008
Edwards (Knox) United Church
Second Sunday After Pentecost
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The Rev. Dr. George Hermanson
Everyday we hear on the news, or read in the paper new things to be worried about. It is the economy. It is crime. It is terror. It is the environment. It is about the health of the church. It is about families. There is so much confronting us that some have given up watching the news or reading the papers. Yet, the worries slide in. The anxieties are there.
Anxiety can freeze us- make us fearful about the world around us. This fear creates a climate of threat, of seeking vengeance. Our anxiety is made more real when we realize we cannot control the future. Yet there are all sorts of gurus who offer us quick solutions to our fear, bromides that feel good in the moment but never solve the existential anxiety we carry around in our bodies.