We are surrounded by negativity from 24 hour news to social media. The situation can be worrying and the lack of information, or too much information, may lead us to feel anxious. We must not dismiss the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak, but we can take comfort from Scriptures such as “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV).
The words of the Apostle Paul remind us that prayer and praise are vital tools in helping us deal with personal anxiety: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).
And the final, another encouraging and uplifting thought, to stay calm in times of anxiety, expressed in refrain of a hymn (645 in Singing the Faith) written by Priscilla Jane Owens:
We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll, fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour's love.