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“Come to me all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

My grandmother used to say, “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” We might imagine that her lament followed a long-term illness, but that was generally not the case. When I heard my grandmother say that she was “Sick and tired….”, it usually meant that she suffered a combination of fed up and worn out. She saved these words for those overwhelming circumstances she could not change.

We know what it’s like to be up against problems so big that we turn away, unseeing. “Better not to know,” we reason, than to see the enormity of problems and resign ourselves both to how awful it is and how little we can do about it.

We numb out to the news by worrying about our retirement or our health or the myriad challenges of our family. We tune out by binge watching movies or playing video games or talking about nothing much on social media. Others get crabby with those closest at hand, the very ones who love us most and who are least likely to leave us even through our insufferable complaints.

Hiding out from our bad news world seems to make sense, for a while, but ultimately leaves us dis-satisfied. We yearn for more meaningful lives. We hope our time here counts for something. We want to make a difference. Fortunately, the antidote for helplessness is close at hand. When the news of your day makes you sick and tired of being sick and tired, consider these faithful responses:

Get mad.

Make a call.

Write a letter.

Tell the truth to someone you trust.

Do something to make the world a better place.

Make music, make love, make peace with your enemy.

Rest, play, pray, repeat as necessary.

Turn over a few tables in false temples.

Forgive yourself.

Forgive someone else.

See, think, respond.

Be brave.

Be at peace.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I AM.

Be still and know.

Be still

Be.

Prayer: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland