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Overcoming Despair When it Seems like There are Few Other Options

Posted by Chaplain Shane Simar on March 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM


by Karl Koschinska in Spirituality   

It's hard to tell how long people in places around the world will be made to struggle through the devastating events of the last few years. It's even more difficult to know how to go on without feeling scared, sad and confused, while troubled economies, natural disasters, untrustworthy politicians and war continue to plague us. Our present situation makes even the most optimistic among us feel unsure about the coming years and how we will cope.

One year ago, people around the world watched as a powerful earthquake off the coast of Japan set off a tsunami that led to the death of thousands of people, left millions more homeless and further crippled an economy already in recovery. As people around the world watched, the already crippled country was forced to try to contain the destruction of a nuclear power plant that had been seriously damaged by the wave, with the pressure of knowing that any miscalculation could cause far greater devastation in Japan and beyond.

Even now, as the Japanese people struggle to rebuild their lives, feelings of uncertainty are prominent for we know that at any time an equally devastating natural disaster could occur in another part of the world.

Then, we're repeatedly reminded of our frailty as drought and conflict lead to serious famine in countries throughout Africa. Few of us have turned on the T.V. or read the newspaper lately without seeing a picture of a severely malnourished child. The solution to these devastating famines seems so easy for us in countries where food and water are readily available, but yet we feel powerless to do anything about it.

Then, the hopelessness we feel when we watch or experience the events that we cannot control is only magnified when tensions rise and the threat of war becomes reality. No matter where you figure into the conflict, it's impossible to know which side is 'right' or 'wrong' and what, if anything, you can do about it.

The financial woes of many of the world's economies may not have caused casualties or physical destruction, but they have certainly reinforced the feelings of defencelessness spurned by other world events. Job, home and business losses, financial collapse and the unnerving realization that people trusted with our economic futures failed us, makes it increasingly difficult to stay optimistic or to persevere.

In times like these, who can you turn to for hope or consoling? Where do people turn when it seems all of the odds are against them?

For many, the answer is prayer. For more information on prayer,Why Pray visit the website at http://goo.gl/R7zbN

About the Author It's hard to tell how long people in places around the world will be made to struggle through the devastating events of the last few years. It's even more difficult to know how to go on without feeling scared, sad and confused, while troubled economies, natural disasters, untrustworthy politicians and war continue to plague us. In times like these, one can't help but feel uncertain about the future and their place in it.

 

Categories: Living, Faith, Spirituality

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