Chaotic Headlines Make for Unsettled Souls

By Kyle Meyaard-Schaap of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

A flurry of activity from the new Trump Administration leaves the future of U.S. climate action more uncertain than ever

I had a professor in seminary who used to ask, “How is it with your soul?” If he asked me that question these days, I have to admit that the answer would be somewhere between hyperactive and panicked. All it takes these days is a cursory glance of the day’s top headlines before I feel my pulse quickening and my anxiety rising.

As of this writing, the Trump Administration has already green-lit the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines, proposed a 24% cut to the EPA, rolled back the Clean Water Rule of 2015, is expected to release executive orders any day now killing the Clean Power Plan and rolling back Obama-era CAFE fuel economy standards, and is rumored to be considering whether or not to trigger a U.S. exit from the historic Paris Agreement of 2015.

It’s enough to make anyone concerned about the climate queasy, and it has me feeling desperate for a refuge from the chaos. It’s a good thing we have a God who is more powerful than presidential administrations; who walks the road of uncertainty and anxiety with us by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. It’s a truth that I need to be reminded if these days.

So: how is it with your soul today?


Present God, we confess that it is hard to be still these days. It is hard to believe your promises and to feel your presence in the midst of unsettling headlines and anxious social media feeds. Our souls are unsettled and are crying out for peace.

Give us this day the peace of your Spirit, trust in your promises, and the strength to live this day as faithful witnesses to your coming kingdom of justice and peace.


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