Sunday, January 14, 2007

Peace

"May you live in interesting times” is one of the oldest disguised curses in the world. Interesting is defined as “engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity, arousing a feeling of interest.”

Wars, conflicts, natural disasters, extreme wealth, extreme poverty next to it, political upheaval, lawlessness, death and destruction. The world we live in is indeed a very interesting place.

What is going on in my world? Probably similar to what is happening in yours. A couple days ago I woke up to check the news and learned that the company I worked for from 1990 until 2005 is announcing layoffs and restructuring. The people there are worried. The company I just wrapped up a year with is undergoing big change. People known to me or my family are experiencing great change and shifts in their lives: a young boy in one of my daughters school class just lost his older brother- a policeman shot while pulling over a speeder, a friend and former co-worker just diagnosed with cancer and undergoing intense treatment to save his life, another friend struggling to keep a job and support his family, the list goes on and on.

How do we experience any peace in these troubling times? Peace is conventionally defined as a state of being without conflict. I believe peace is the ability to cope with it.

Some words of wisdom written 2000 years ago: “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.”






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1 comments:

Nellie said...

Yes, we are living in "interesting" times but believers can always cope by the scripture that you quoted.