Insert Your 2020 Burden [HERE]

The multiple faces of tension and stress in 2020 are rising at a perilous clip on a trajectory that seems sure to explode at any given moment. We can’t escape from the carnage of controversy and conflict spurred on by Covid-19 health concerns, face masks, business closures, the reopening of schools, government corruption, racial tension, police reform, the 2020 U.S. election, etc. How will it all turn out? How can we persist with hope and move forward? I suggest we take our eyes off of the news cycle on television and social media long enough to consider a bigger picture perspective. Pick from any of the aforementioned worries listed above, or name your own and consider it within the context of the forty-sixth Psalm:

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’

Psalms 46:1-11

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