“Coping With Life’s Anxieties” – Brother (name removed)
(Given Sunday – January 20, 2013 – Song No. 38 – “Throw Your Burdens On Jehovah.”)
Anxiety can affect our lives dramatically, can’t it? It kind of can be likened to static in a radio. Now, all you young ones don’t know what we’re talking about. Anybody, my age and older – we know what static is. We used to have televisions that we used to have to fine-tune; and radios you used to have a knob instead of a button and you used to tune it in. If you really wanted to hear something good, you had to make sure that it picked it up just right. Well, now they’ve got state-of-the-art things – it just grabs the best signal. So really – when you were trying to just listen to things or watch television, it kind of interrupted what you were trying to do because it was very irritating to hear if you would lose the radio signal or would lose the picture on your television screen.
Anxiety in our lives is like static. We can’t enjoy our lives as much as we would if it were fine-tuned. It causes frustration in us, doesn’t it, when things come up that take us away from enjoying life? Proverbs 12:25 helps us to appreciate that anxious care in the heart is what causes us to bow down.
So when we’re anxious about something or have anxiety or undue worry about something, it causes us to bow down. Doesn’t it begin to sap your strength and your attention? And it may not be that big of a thing, you know, that really is causing us to have anxiety, but the important point is it’s yours.
And so what we’d like to focus on is really focus on your anxieties – the things that cause you concern and how you might be able to cope with your situation. That’s what this talk is about.
Turn with me to Luke 21, and let’s look at verses 34 through 36. Jesus talked about this time of the end showing that there were going to be anxieties; and we’re not exempt from that. Luke 21:34-36. You notice here he says: “But pay attention to yourselves that YOUR hearts never become weighed down with” – what – “overeating and heavy drinking and anxieties of life,” When Jesus is talking about that, he’s talking to you. He’s not talking about people in the world. He’s talking to those that are going to be Christians that follow his teachings.
Pay attention to yourself. Don’t let the anxieties of life – what you’re experiencing right now – weigh you down because it goes on to talk about that and what could happen. It says: “and suddenly that day be instantly upon YOU as a snare. For it will come in upon all those dwelling upon the face of all the earth. Keep awake, then, all the time making supplication that YOU may succeed in escaping all these things that are destined to occur, and in standing before the Son of man.”
See – it can be so distracting that we forget what our main purpose is as Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses – what we’re supposed to do. It says even Christians – it can suddenly come upon you if you begin to allow anxieties of life to come to the forefront of your life. So it’s that important for each of us to look at ‘really, how am I coping with life’s anxieties?’ That’s what we’re going to talk about.
Well, anxiety is defined in Webster’s Dictionary as “a painful or apprehensive uneasiness of mind usually over an impending or anticipated ill; fearful concern or interest; an abnormal and overwhelming sense of apprehension and fear often marked by physiological signs (as sweating, tension, and increased pulse), by doubt concerning the reality and nature of the threat, and by self-doubt about one's capacity to cope with it.”
And a lot of times, anxieties are things that we make up in our own minds about things that might happen. ‘What if this was to happen?’ ‘What if that was to happen?’ As humans, we tend to go that way, don’t we? We start anticipating things that may happen and forget about dealing with what’s present and really with things that we really should be looking after.
It’s no wonder that we begin to think of the bad side of things. Can you imagine going to work one day in a high rise building? Could you ever imagine that a plane would crash into your building and then crash into the other building next to you; and that happened, didn’t it – in this country, through 9/11?
Certainly, there are disasters and things that happen that really cause people to have anxieties. You can never imagine that something like that was ever going to happen, but natural disasters too. We think of Katrina.
We think of earthquakes that are taking place – just for example, I got some information that talked about 2010. There were a group of these together so I got this information. It says: “This is the year the Earth struck back.” It said that there were so many earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts that killed at least a quarter million people in 2010.
Now what control do you have over the weather? See - we really don’t have any control over the weather so we can do our best that we can, but then when the weather events take place, we have to heed the warnings, don’t we the best we can?
We think of that 9/11 situation as being such a tragedy on people’s minds, but natural disasters really far outweigh that. For example, do you remember the earthquake in January of 2010 that took place with Haiti – do any of you remember that?
Remember how many people died in that – it wasn’t 3,000 like the Twin Towers of 9/11. In fact, it was equivalent to 73 Twin Towers collapsing – that’s how many people died. That really helps us to appreciate that 220,000 people died during an earthquake.
So you think natural disasters are something to protect yourself against? These are things that cause anxiety, don’t they; and these are things that we need to recognize ‘what’s happening in the earth today that we have such terrible things happening?’ It’s fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
The Bible says this is what’s going to happen. This is what’s going to take place – and this we can bring to people and help them to appreciate that these aren’t just random things that are just starting to happen or it’s happened like this before. This is worse than it’s ever been in history and will never be repeated.
But many people begin to look at ‘what can I do to be able to cope with anxieties.’ They look in the wrong places. A lot of people begin to look for anxiety relief in different things as drugs or tranquilizers. Do you believe that drugs are the best things to go to maybe to dull your pain?
Well, notice this. The Wolfson Unit of Clinical Pharmacology estimates that about a quarter of the patients taking benzodiazepines for four months become dependent on them. This is what they give you to calm you down – to help you deal with anxiety.
But notice the effects that are produced by these drugs that people go to to cope with anxiety. Effects produced are insomnia, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, nausea, blurred vision, and muscle pain. So you want to trade your anxiety for that? Then, wouldn’t it seem like you’re getting out of the frying pan into the fire if you take drugs just to try to dull the effects of it?
In some parts of the country, in order to be able to have a secure future, they used to believe that they have a large family – that the large family would be able to take care of them later on. And what do we find that’s taking place in those areas? Well, the kids are abandoning the parents. There’s no love for the family any more like there used to be; and so what they’ve pinned their hopes on as far as not having to worry about the future is gone.
What about the economic situation? How many of you were hard hit in the past few years over the recession we had – we’re still suffering. So money’s really not what you can put your faith in, is it?
So we appreciate that really our help comes from Jehovah; and the best help that we can get to cope with anxieties is look in the right direction. Remember Jeremiah 10:23. We know that man doesn’t know how to direct his step. In cases of how to deal with anxiety or the things that are hitting us, Jehovah is the best place that we can turn.
Go in the right direction, and look at what Jehovah has in place already for you to be able to cope. For example, Jehovah has helped those in the past. By considering the examples of those that are in the Bible and how he helped people in the past can help us to see that ‘Jehovah will help me too.’
Remember those people were just like you and me. For example, Noah and his family – Noah was just like you and me. Noah eventually died, didn’t he? And Noah had to preach to a world that was condemned by Jehovah much like we have to do. He actually built an ark that people saw; and he had to have faith that Jehovah was going to help him through a difficult circumstance – through the society he lived in and the world that wasn’t going to listen to him. And yet, Jehovah saw him through.
Now, the situation today is not much different. Remember Matthew 24:37-39 told us: “For just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be” – that people are going to be eating and drinking and marrying and continuing on with day-to-day life. Those people of the world will be doing that, and then the end will come. That happened in Noah’s day but the people didn’t listen.
What about Lot? Luke 17:28, 29 actually mentions that “in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building.” They were doing everything they’re doing right now back there in Sodom and Gomorrah. Remember Lot was led out, and that city was destroyed. People took no note.
So everyday life continues on for most people, and they take no note of the circumstances they find themselves in. And the anxieties that people carry around with them in day-to-day life are something that we can help them to appreciate that Jehovah has a purpose – that things aren’t always going to be like this. Yes, things are terrible, but things are going to get better; and we can bring this message to them through the ministry.
Think of Daniel in the lion’s den. What chance did Daniel have to stay the mouths of hungry lions when he was cast in there? Think you’d have some anxiety? Yes, you would. You certainly would. You could imagine today, I guess, the same thing if you jumped into the water and a bunch of alligators were coming towards you. That would cause you anxiety, wouldn’t it?
But Jehovah was able to stay the mouths of lions; and it helps us to see that Jehovah is there for his people in times of difficulty when there’s impending danger – actually an impending execution of those that are going to be destroyed that don’t have faith in Jehovah. He watches out for his people even more dearly in that time and he cares about you also.
So we need to study and meditate on the Scriptures. Turn with me to Romans 15:4, and it helps us to appreciate there really how we can use not only these examples that we find in the Bible but the Bible itself in study and in application – how we can find comfort and begin to cope with our situation and our anxieties.
Romans 15 verse 4 – notice there it says: “For all the things that were written aforetime were written for our instruction, that through our endurance and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Do you appreciate what this is telling us? We’ve read this many times, haven’t we – about how important the Scriptures are? If we’re suffering anxieties – sometimes if I can get an hour break, it’s just enough, isn’t it? I can make it. If I can get a day just to have some clear thoughts in peace, I can make it.
Well, the Scriptures say right there – it says they “were written for our instruction, that through our endurance.” So you can endure it if you have in mind what Jehovah’s principles are and what Jehovah’s going to do for mankind.
And notice what the Scripture is bringing out – “and through the comfort from the Scriptures.” If you’re having anxieties, people say, ‘Read your Bible.’ ‘Well, what’s it going to do? I don’t see it paying my bills. What comfort does it bring?’
Well, the Bible holds out hope that things aren’t always going to be like this. “This too shall pass.” So whatever you’re going through, it helps us to view things in their proper perspective, and many times that’s what we need. Sometimes people just have the wrong perspective – you ever heard of optimists and pessimists before, they see the light at the end of the tunnel – have you ever heard that saying?
An optimist sees: “That’s my way out. I can see this little spot – I know I’m heading that way. I’m in this dark tunnel.” But a pessimist – what does he see? “It’s the light of a train coming to hit me” – doesn’t he?
So we can choose how we’re going to look at things; and what’s it saying – ‘If you look into the Scriptures and allow them to instruct you, allow them to work in your life and to really believe the things that you yourself are preaching about the end of this system, how wonderful it’s going to be – you can have endurance, and you can have comfort.’
Now what you have to do is take these words that are in here – it’s like a bar of soap. They don’t use bars of soap anymore – I’m showing my age again. It’s a liquid now. A bar of soap we used to use in the old days – you would set it in a soap dish. Scientists have found out that it will breed germs if you just leave it there. From the moisture that’s on it, germs will grow on that bar of soap.
So in itself the bar of soap does nothing for you. The Bible – if you never open the Bible if you have it in your house, it’s not a lucky charm. It doesn’t do anything for you. But what we appreciate about a bar of soap – if you take it down and you add water to it and you begin the mechanics that cause suds which begins to encapsulate the oils and the dirt and begins to encapsulate those, and then you rinse it off and it washes them away – and then it does its job.
Well, the Bible is the same way. You have to take it off the shelf and you have to read it and you begin the mechanics of applying that information to your life and working it into the areas that you need to change and you want to clean up and things you want to get rid of. In that way, the Bible does its job.
For example, to meditate – if you meditate on – you ever know what meditation is? I had no idea. Young ones, you probably don’t even know what that is. I used to think that meditation was you just had to sit around and just like ‘humm’ – and all of that, but I read an article and I’ll share it with you about how important meditation is.
What it actually does is get you out of your situation for a period of time, and it’s a wonderful – wonderful thing that we can do to help us cope with anxiety. For example, it says to make your hope for the future – which the Scripture that we just read says: “and through the comfort from the Scriptures we might have hope.” Hope that things aren’t always going to be like this – that they’re going to be better and they’re going to be different.
And notice how it builds it up – by meditating on the things we’ve read. This is from the April 15, 1993 Watchtower, Page 12 – it says: “Further, we should make sure that our hope for the future is not just a vague abstraction. We need to make it real in our minds. Do you hope to live forever in Paradise on earth? Would you like to meet your dead loved ones when they are resurrected on earth?” Maybe you just lost someone or you really miss desperately a dead loved one. Would you like to see them in the resurrection?
It continues: “If so, do you picture yourself there at that time? For instance, Isaiah 65:21, 22 speaks of each one building his own house and then occupying it.” Now notice the physical senses that they involve in mediation – notice what it says: “Can you close your eyes and imagine yourself working on the roof of your new house, nailing down the last shingle? Just think of looking around you at the results of all your planning and labor. The cheery sounds of construction quiet down; you survey the landscape as the afternoon shadows stretch across it. A breeze makes the trees sway gently and cools you from the heat of your work. The laughter of children, mingled with birdsong, reaches your ears. The talk of your loved ones rises from the house below.”
Now notice what it says: “Visualizing such a happy moment is not idle speculation; rather, it is meditation on a prophecy that is sure of fulfillment” and “The more real that prospect is to you, the stronger your hope that you will be there.”
So how do the Scriptures bring hope? By meditating and seeing yourself in it – what’s it going to be like? What’s it going to taste like – what’s that juicy peach going to taste like in the new world? What’s it going to be like to relate to dead loved ones all the events that took place since they passed and in the time of the end and Armageddon – what it was like?
You’re going to have stories to tell, and people are going to be looking for you because you’re going to be a survivor of Armageddon. They’re going to want to know ‘What happened?’ ‘What was it like?’ ‘How did you ever make it in the worst time that ever hit the earth?’
So imagine yourself – how you’re going to relate these incidents and the things you went through; and you’re going to be very encouraged not only by meeting these people but also by helping them to appreciate Jehovah’s saving grace in your case. And that’s going to be something important.
Turn with me to Psalm 46 verse 1. Notice there it says: “God is for us a refuge and strength, A help that is readily to be found during distresses.”
Now it’s a simple Scripture. ‘I just need a break. I need a break.’ What a refuge is – it gets you in out of the storm, doesn’t it? It’s a place that you can go for security. When anxieties begin to sap your strength – ‘Oh, I can’t make a meeting. I just can’t go on.’ – It says God is a refuge and strength. He’s going to give you that strength. He’s going to fill that need.
And more important – it says “a help that is readily to be found during distresses.” So we say: ‘My relationship with Jehovah is not as strong as it used to be. I’ve got all these problems.’ We maybe need to turn and look at Jehovah and talk to him a little more about our situation.
It said he’s readily found during distresses. He’s closer to you now than he ever was. A lot of us will tend to turn our back when we have anxieties and look for our own solutions, but what it’s saying is ‘Turn to Jehovah. He’s right next to you.’
He says he’s more readily found during distresses, so this is the time that he’s closest to you. So turn to him – Jehovah can help arrange situations so that you can cope with whatever situations you find yourself in – to help us not to have anxious care in things that we can’t change. Maybe you have an illness that’s not curable on this side of Armageddon. Well, Jehovah can help you to see how “I” might be able to help somebody else that maybe is contracting a sickness – to appreciate the system that they can go through as far as finding health care and maybe find the best care they can get on this side of Armageddon.
But more importantly, ‘Even though I have an incurable disease, let me tell you something that can certainly cure it forever; and that’s Jehovah’s purpose and it’s what Jehovah wants to do’ – keeping that spirit about you – ‘Let me do the best that I can with where I find myself.’
And during your distresses, turn closer to Jehovah. Make sure of the more important things. Don’t concern yourself with ‘How am I going to pay the bills?’ so much or “How is my car going to run’ or ‘My kids – I’m going to pull my hair out with these kids’ or ‘I’m getting older and there are pieces and parts falling off of me or they’re taking them out’ and it’s like ‘I’m not what I used to be.’
Concern yourself with the important things of serving Jehovah; and that is the important thing. For example, a diver, the pearl divers – have you ever seen down below they get in these dug-out canoes in these islands? They go down and get these oysters that have pearls in them? And they’ll free dive; they don’t have any apparatus to breathe with.
And they go down there and they’ll find the oysters that have the pearls in them and they’re down there picking them up and picking them up, but eventually they’re shooting right back up to the surface. Why is that? Why don’t they just stay down there and keep picking them up? What’s more important than those pearls do you think? The breath – ‘Gasp – – – if I don’t get back up.’
Sometimes we get involved in the occupation of life and the anxieties of life; and we’re busy picking up things around and trying to fix things and do things and we forget to come up for a breath – a spiritual breath that we need to survive, to be strong, to be able to represent Jehovah the best that we can and get the peace that we need.
We begin to store up treasures in heaven. Nobody can take those away from us. They don’t depreciate in value, and there’s no recession in heaven. The important thing is Jehovah remembers what you’ve done, and you do the best that you can with what you’ve got to work with. Right? ‘If I can’t do what I used to do, then let me do what I can.’
We need to reach out to others. When you have a heavy heart and you’re trying to lose weight – “lean it out” – you need to exercise your heart; and one of the best exercises you can do for your heart is reach down and pick somebody else up.
See – that does good for your heart. So find somebody that you can help, and you’ll be surprised how you’ll get a perspective on your situation that’s a little bit different; and you can cope one more day with your anxieties by helping someone else. So push yourself to see how “I” might be able to be of service to someone else.
We also want to appreciate that we need to be content with what we have now. 1 Timothy 6 – Look at verses 6-8. Notice what it says there: “To be sure, it is a means of great gain, this godly devotion along with self-sufficiency. For we have brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out. So, having sustenance and covering, we shall be content with these things.”
So find your contentment not in what you’ve lost or what you might have had before, but have your sustenance and covering for this day; and be content with – look at what’s going right in your life. Focus on that, and be content with that. Maybe you don’t have what you had before. Maybe you don’t have the house or the car or even the measure of health – but we have today’s needs, and we need to learn to be content with that.
Let me share a little story I heard one time about how to be content with what you have. There was an industrialist who was on vacation. He was very successful in business. He came upon a fishing village when he was at this resort. He saw a fisherman sitting there on the dock whittling next to his boat, and all the fishing nets were hanging there and all.
It was a nice clear day. The seas were calm, and he went to the fisherman and asked, ‘How come you’re not out fishing?’ The fisherman told him, ‘Well, I’ve caught all the fish I need.’ He asked, ‘What do you mean you’ve caught all the fish you need? You could be catching more fish.’
The fisherman asked, ‘What am I going to do with that?’ He said, ‘Well, you could make more money. You could get a bigger boat, a better boat, a faster boat, and nylon nets, make more money. You could get another boat running – get a whole fleet of boats going – make all kinds of money.’
The fisherman asked, ‘What will I do then?’ He said, ‘Well, then you can begin to relax and enjoy life.’ The fisherman said, “Well, that’s what I’m doing now.’
So the point was that the fisherman was content with what he had. He was able to accomplish what he needed for the day. The rest of the day he was able to enjoy life; and Jehovah wants you to enjoy life by being content with what you need. Don’t think about what you don’t have or what you’ve lost.
We need to learn to cope with personal problems and cast our anxieties upon Jehovah. As we mentioned in our opening song, turn to Psalm 55:22. You just sang a song all about this. In our song, remember – this says: “Throw your burden upon Jehovah himself, And he himself will sustain you. Never will he allow the righteous one to totter.”
Why does it tell you to throw that thing away? Because you really don’t want it anymore. Are you tired of your burden, you tired of the anxieties you have – turn them over to Jehovah; and how do you do that? Prayer.
Have you ever thought of that – prayer is a way that we can transfer burdens. “Prayer is the place where burdens transfer shoulders.” And you’re telling Jehovah, ‘I don’t want this anymore. I want you to take it.’
That’s what you’re telling him when it becomes too heavy for you. Turn to Jehovah in faith that he’s going to take that burden from you, and he will. You’ve heard the saying: “When it’s hardest to pray, that’s when you need to pray the hardest.”
And that’s the truth – that when it’s hard for you to remember “Jehovah, please” – the first thing when tragedy takes place or an anxiety – turn to Jehovah and let him take the burdens that you have. Throw it away like you would the garbage. You don’t go chasing the garbage man to get your garbage bag back, do you?
So you give it to Jehovah and forget about it. When you tell Jehovah, ‘I don’t want this burden anymore,’ don’t go lying to Jehovah and start thinking about taking it back. Leave it with him. Be faithful with your prayers; work in harmony with them.
Allow that comfort to come to you, because the Scripture says Jehovah will sustain you. He’ll make you make it through if you give it to him. And that’s important for us to do – that we need to experience the blessings that come with coping with life’s anxieties.
In fact, we appreciate also that everything else is mere refuse – other than serving Jehovah and getting the right perspective on what we need to do to please him. Turn with me to the 4th Psalm and verse 8.
When we have faith in Jehovah, we avoid the frustration that comes with the failure of material securities and with ill health. We have spiritual security. We live a life that’s ‘undisturbed from dread of calamity’ with regard to our spiritual lives.
Psalm 4:8 says: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For you yourself alone, O Jehovah, make me dwell in security.”
That’s how you’re going to get peace of mind is by trusting in Jehovah. Avail yourself of each one in the congregation. They’re provided here, the brothers and sisters that love you; and we’re united by this bond of love.
So not only look in the Scriptures for yourself – talk with your friends in the congregation that have gone through similar issues and find out from them how they came out successfully. Let them witness to you about how Jehovah helped move them in their lives and how they saw Jehovah’s hand in giving them peace. Talk to them.
Talk to the elders. If you’ve got guilt or you’ve got self-doubt or difficulties, talk with elders. They’ve stepped up and said, ‘I want to take care of your sheep, Jehovah.’ Allow them to do that. They want to help.
But also turn to Jehovah in prayer, and allow yourself to see Jehovah’s hand at work. Take a step back and look at what’s going right in your life and how you might help someone else. These are important things that we need to do.
Turn with me to 1 Corinthians 15:58. There’s always this reminder about how serving Jehovah is something that is important, and we need to do that regardless of our circumstances. 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Consequently, my beloved brothers, become steadfast, unmovable, always having plenty to do in the work of the Lord, knowing that YOUR labor is not in vain in connection with the Lord.”
See - appreciate what it’s mentioning there – to become steadfast and unmovable – don’t allow the anxieties of life that beat against you to knock you off your foundation. This is your foundation.
Become steadfast and unmovable – ‘Nothing can shake me from my faith.’ It says knowing that it’s not in vain – that your service to Jehovah, even in the midst of your worst anxieties – it says there – “is not in vain” – that Jehovah remembers what you’ve done for him.
I’d like to leave you with this last illustration that kind of helps us to appreciate trust in Jehovah. These botanists were looking for rare plants, and they were going to hard to reach locations in the Alps above the frost line. And they had known that this plant contained medicinal characteristics, and they were looking for this rare plant.
As they went through a village up in the mountains, they asked about the plant – if anybody had seen it around; and the people in the village said they had found one of these plants. They said, ‘Yeah, we know there’s one in the crevice outside of town. A certain time of day there’s a light that shines down there. It’s protected from the cold and the wind, and it’s growing right down there in a little outcropping. And it’s just about this time of day – you might be able to see it.’
So those in the expedition run out and look down that crevice; and sure enough, there’s a shaft of light shining down that crevice, and there’s a small plant that’s growing down there sheltered from all the cold and the harsh things that are taking place.
But it’s very, very narrow, and no one in their expedition is going to be able to go down to get that. It just so happens that one of the kids from the village tagged along because there’s not a lot of entertainment up there in the mountains. He wants to see what’s going on.
So the expedition leader gets to thinking. He says: ‘Son, I’d like to make a proposition to you. I’d like to tie this rope around you, lower you down in there and we’ll give you a little shovel and a little plastic dish and you scoop the soil up with that plant sitting in – put it in this dish and we’ll pull you up; and we’ll give you whatever you want for helping us out because we can’t get down there.”
The boy looks up at him wide-eyed and takes off running. So now the expedition leader is trying to figure out what to do. He’s measuring his men and they’re too wide or too big or whatever.
A few minutes later the boy comes back, and this time he comes back with a man from the village. The leader says, ‘Oh I’m in trouble now. This boy’s probably got the chief of the village and they’re going to really give us a hard time.’
Then the boy talks to the expedition leader’s coat and he says: ‘Sir, do you still want me to go down there?’ And the leader says, “Oh yeah. Yeah. We’ll give you anything. We’ll tie you in.’
The boy says: ‘I only have one request.’ The leader says: ‘What?’ The boy says, ‘I want him to hold the rope.’
The leader asks, ‘Well, why is that? I’ve got 10 men here that will hold that rope. You won’t have to worry about that. You’re never going to fall.’
The boy says something very insightful. He says: ‘You don’t understand – he’s my father.’
What is the point of that? That father had a vested interest in what happened to that boy. He would never let anything happen to that boy that would harm him, would he? That boy knew it.
Jehovah has a vested interest in what happens to you. He’s offered His Son and invested His Son’s life in what happens to you and your everlasting future. So when you’re at the end of your rope, who do you want on the other end? Let it be Jehovah. He will help you cope with life’s anxieties.
notes by Sister Patricia
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