Dr. Swisher, How can I find peace and hope in the chaotic circumstances all around us? Mia, Waterville.

Hello Mia. Thank you for your question. I know it is tempting to feel discouraged and hopeless when we are bombarded with non-stop news cycles reporting back-to-back shootings, violence and discrimination, and the challenges to our economy amid a global pandemic.

Your question pinpoints an issue that so many are facing. It seems easiest to search for an escape route or to scream at the top of our lungs, “stop the world and let me off.” But God encourages us to do something much more productive and powerful. The Bible is full of stories of people who faced great obstacles, problems of every kind and yet prevailed anyway. They relied on God and their connectedness to Him to find strength and hope in the midst of life’s circumstances. They did it then… we can do the same thing now. Perhaps a better exclamation would be, “Stop the world and let me on!” you have within you, Mia, the ability to face up to and conquer any negative circumstance. That’s where God enters the picture. He offers us these helpful hints for victory in daily living:

  1. Stay centered on the promises of the Bible. God’s Word is an operating manual for overcoming in life. Stay compassionate and close to the people in your life.
  2. Isolation is never healthy and often leads to negative results.
  3. Stay constructive, helpful, and hopeful in creating a better world around you. Honey not vinegar will produce the results you are seeking.

I personally invite you to worship with your friends at Epworth United Methodist Church today at 8:30, 9:45, 11:00am or 6:00pm as together we discover the beautiful promises of God that are relevant to everything we are facing today. May God Bless each of us as we embark on this adventure in believing and overcoming.