Renewed joy and strength can only come from the power of the Holy Spirit that comes to live within us at the time of our faith and trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
A united belief and trust in God and the principles of the Bible have been the thread that united us as a nation for many years. To compromise our values and principles in an effort to achieve unity translates to the selling of our souls for a superficial peace.
The desire to control and be independent is a natural one, and fear magnifies that urge to control—or at least to try. It is as we acknowledge our lack of control and trust Him that we find intimacy with our heavenly Father who is sovereign and always in control.