Do you worry about today or what the future holds?  Opening the newspaper or reading the latest tweet certainly provides enough kindling for worry to become a roaring fire.  If this sounds familiar, you are not alone.

Recently, I’ve been thinking about fears Americans and other nationalities confronted in the past.  Pondering history is not meant to diminish current events that cause anxiety, especially this past year.  However, stepping back to consider other difficulties in America’s history can provide encouragement (we’ve been here before) and hope (we’ve also moved on before).

Most folks have no particular reason to remember June 21st. But in 1877, it became known as Black Thursday, or the Day of the Rope, when Pennsylvania hanged 10 Irish Americans.  Within 18 months, the state hanged 10 more.  If you’re not familiar with the story, ask someone from the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania to tell you about the Molly Maguires, or watch the Sean Connery movie about it.  My husband told me about his great-grandfather, a member of the group.

Praise the Lord

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