Tradition says the phrase is a Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” These last few weeks have been even more “interesting” than usual – horrific tragedies, natural disasters, and political upheaval. The public discourse has been interesting as well – diatribes of hate and anger swirling around voices calling for reason and action.

Times likes these can be overwhelming. These are the moments when it’s easy to come unmoored, to be swept along by the churning waters of fear and discord, to lose sight of where we were headed. It can seem impossible to swim against the current of negative words and actions.

And yet, we must. It is our calling, and our duty. These are the times when it is most crucial for the people of God to find solid footing and stand up for Him, to show mercy in the face of anger and turn away hate with love. These are the moments when we must remember that God is our anchor and our refuge, and He will see us through the storm. These are the moments when our failure to act allows more damage to be done.

We cannot simply cling to Him in gratitude and turn our backs on the world. Our faith in His anchor must be great enough for us to lean back into the storm. He gladly gives us the strength to reach out and pull others to His safety. Because of His love, we can rise above the turbulent waters and offer peace, reconciliation, and love in His Name.

We cannot wait for the storms to subside. God calls us to take action now – in prayer, in word, and in deed – to change the course of the waters, to turn people back toward hope and light. Anchored in Him, we are empowered. United with each other, we are strengthened. In His Name, we are mighty.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 6:17-20