Anxiety Puts Us Down: A Good Word Lifts Us Up (Wed April 7)

The word of the day is “anxious.”  W. H. Auden published his Pulitzer-prize winning poem, “The Age of Anxiety,” in 1947.  That title is still an apt description of our time, especially during this present crisis.   Psychology Today reports that anxiety levels in America are three times higher now than they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.  But anxiety is a product of the human condition and has been a factor of our human experience since the Fall.   We are fragile and vulnerable creatures who have built-in survival mechanisms. These systems respond in body, mind, and soul to alarms of threats to our well-being, and we become anxious. In our reading of Proverbs 12:23-13:9, the wise sage of Proverbs makes a…