Maybe it’s time to turn back to God. In times of trial—health, economic or societal turmoil, for instance—a person’s stress and anxiety can increase dramatically. Many, many people are feeling stressed nowadays. Maybe you, or someone you know, have been spiritually inactive for some time and now are struggling emotionally with the trials facing you. God didn’t create us to live in fear and anxiety but in peace. As Jesus tells us, He “…came so that [we] might have life and have it more abundantly.” (Jn 10:10) So, how do you go about getting some of this abundant life?

Take the First Step

For starters, let’s assume that you still carry remnants of the faith somewhere within you. Perhaps you just have been away from the faith for so long that it seems nearly impossible to even consider attempting to come back. What’s important is that it doesn’t matter how long it has been since you last engaged with the Church. It could be a matter of months, years or even decades. That does not matter. What does matter is taking that first step, coming back home. Our God is a patient God. He’s there, waiting with fatherly concern, for you and me every time we turn away, no matter how long we have turned our backs on Him. He created you with dignity, in His image, to share His infinite Love with you. You truly are precious in His eyes. God wants to deliver you from the enemy and to give you the peace that only He can give. The world won’t give you that kind of peace, and neither will the enemy of humanity.

Praise the Lord

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