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As Christians, we recognize that anxiety can be normal; in fact, according to Scripture, our Savior and many other saints faced anxiety to some degree. Yet, anxiety can also have a spiritual component. We may be anxious about our daily needs because we’ve forgotten that God has promised to provide for them (Matthew 6:25-34). When we fear evil and worry about our safety, we forget that God has promised never to abandon us (Psalm 23:4). Anxiety can happen when we trust worldly explanations over God’s promises (Genesis 18:13-14). This infographic explores the topic of anxiety and what we can do when we experience it.
Author Rev. Peter Preus writes, in this very personal reflection, “When my wife took her life, I wasn’t as straightforward as I might be. I’d rather say something about her depression than mention that disturbing word that starts with an ‘s.’ I was affected in a major way by suicide’s stigma. Most people regard suicide as inconceivable. ‘How could he do such a thing?’ they ask. The stigma of suicide does not operate by a sense of understanding or compassion. Rather it targets those who have committed suicide and those who have had thoughts of suicide.”