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    From the Pastor

    Rev. Scott Crane

    Signs of Spring...

    I like spring. The weather is getter warmer and more warmth is ahead. Flowers start their blooming process and trees begin to bud. Life seems to break out all over and I start getting more energy to do things. Just knowing that winter has finally lost its grip for the year puts me in a positive mood.

    Everything is great except for the pollens which love to mess with my allergies. A couple of days outside and my whole system begins to react. Sneezing, coughing, and sinus headaches remind me of the downside of springtime. My body recognizes the pollen and begins to send out histamines to counteract this invader to my life but, unfortunately, the histamines keep going overtime. Simply put, I am going through my misery because my pollen “security forces” are overreacting.

    So, what do we do when we start suffering with all these histamines? Of course, we take antihistamines which attack the symptoms and seeks to address the overabundance of histamines. Hopefully, within two or three days, we can get our body back into normal functioning, breathing easier in more ways than one.

    As I reflected on this wonder of our human body, it made me see some things anew in another area of life. Our emotional system can be similar in its way to overact. Anxiety is a feeling that comes to us when something is not quite right, when something seems off. This alerts us to thinking about what is wrong, so that we can diagnose and treat properly. But, just as anxiety can tell us something is wrong, it can also overact. And, when our anxiety increases to an unhealthy high level, we can get a panic attack or move into a mode of paranoia.

    Indeed, we live in a time of high anxiety; some would say chronic anxiety. Some say that our technology and conveniences of life have given us too much time to dwell on the negative. There were times in history where people had to respond quickly to issues of life and death without the ability to reflect. It was just a part of surviving. During the era of “hunting and gathering”, people had to adapt to ongoing changes in their environment because life, literally, depended on it. If the area they lived in was running low on potential food sources, they moved to a better area.

    Those who attempt to sell you things, either in retail or political, know this anxiety well. “You are going to lose out if you don’t get this product.” “This item will change your life forever.” “If you vote for them, all evil will break out and the end if the world as we know it will take place.” All these play on your emotions, your anxieties. But not in a healthy way. They are not really designed to make you think and reflect; they just want you to buy or vote accordingly. The more that advertisers and spin masters tug at your emotions, the more they can get you to do what they want.

    What is the “antihistamine” for anxiety? It is training your body to recognize the symptoms and learning to slow down. Stop. Take a deep breath. Talk with trusted folk who are not going through the same situation and get some different perspectives. Reflect on all the issues, not simply the feelings. Every individual, with intentional efforts, can become more self-regulated when it comes to their emotions and learn to manage anxiety in a way that is healthy and productive. Yes, we can become anxious over things, but we need to make sure that we (not anyone else) manage our anxiety not anxiety managing us.

    As one who majored in theatre/speech, along with religion, I don’t want my life to be all drama. And I continue to remind myself that every circumstance I go through does not need to be about me at the center. God desires to work in and through me and others as well. I need to keep a bigger perspective of the world in my mind to keep me in balance. As the old saying goes, “Some have it better than me but there are many that have it worse.” Indeed, we need to keep things in context with an informed understanding and realistic expectations.

    Yes, we have many things in life about which we can worry. But we do not want to dwell there forever. We don’t want to overreact in response to all things. A level of high drama and anxiety will drain us and wear us down.

    Take time, as we enter into the season of Spring, to focus on that which builds up and brings new life. Take time to enjoy the beauty around us. There is a lot of “pollen” in this world, natural and other, that wants to get a reaction out of us, but let us respond in a way that is appropriate and helpful. There will always be worry and anxiety in the world. So, it is important to make time to find the good and the beautiful…and be grateful!

    “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

    Grace & Peace,
    Pastor Scott