Let your heart not be troubled is something I hear from the scripture of my faith. However I have to admit right now my heart is troubled. With all that is happening in the world I cannot help it. So much is going on that gives me concern. There are lots of situations that give us great concern.
There are times that its easier to not let my heart and soul be troubled. In these days I am trying to keep the faith but its easier said than done. No matter ones faith there will be days of calm and days of chaos.
Just because my heart is troubled doesn’t mean I have a lack of resolve and confidence in my higher power. It’s very human to feel unsure when things like a pandemic is going on. Everything has turned upside down and no one knows when things will be safe again.
My heart is also troubled about racism when an African American is gunned down in a neighborhood or on the streets, LGBTQ people are discriminated against, transgender people are murdered just for wanting to live their truth, poor people are having to figure out where their next meal comes from, unemployed people are missing paychecks and benefits that keep them going. Death of loved ones who you thought would be with you forever. There are so many more things to be troubled about too that the list would go on and on.
Having a troubled heart is a very human thing. It’s appropriate in times like this to comfort one another as best we can given the era of social distancing. My friends let your heart be troubled but also let your heart have courage too. You can have both which is a very human experience.
Thanks to Deacon John for your homily this morning which inspired this post.