I wish I could tell you I have the answers. Or even that our faith is the balm that will carry us through. But if there was a quick fix, it would already have been found. The Bible records the angst of God’s people in the book of Psalms:
“My tears have been my food day and night…” (Ps 42)
If the Bible has the courage to name the angst before God, then maybe it is ok for us to also articulate the troubles of our heart and of our land. Maybe in naming the pain and sadness honestly before God we can begin to see that the God of all love and hope enters right into this very place with us. During the weeks of Lent, we see again that Jesus came into our world and faced the worst that humanity had to offer. He faced rejection because of his powerful love. God came to be with us. And God still comes to be with us. No situation on earth is too great to thwart God’s companionship or halt God’s hope for humanity.
Grace and Peace,