So, what do we do in anxious times, what do we do individually, what do we do corporately. I am afraid that far too often, we turn inward and insular in our outlook, and we become more and more individualistic when what is really needed is a broadened vision, and a wider focus on community and cooperation.
This week, in our Sunday Collect - the prayer that we say near the beginning of our Sunday service - names the fact that we are anxious, and that in these anxious moments we should focus not on the "earthly," but rather on the "heavenly." I believe this Collect is a concise and hopeful reminder of where we should focus our attention.
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.