GLMX #163: From the Navy Yard to Nairobi: Finding Peace in the Midst of Chaos

If you have been paying attention to the news recently, you will know that the past two weeks have been filled with terrible, chaotic events.

In Colorado, what experts called a once-in-a-thousand-years flooding event caused by torrential rains swept away roads and bridges, isolated towns, killed people, destroyed 1,500 homes, and at one point, left 1,200 people unaccounted for.

Mexico also experienced terrible flooding, as both coasts of the country were hit simultaneously — in the east by Hurricane Ingrid, and in the west by Tropical Storm Manuel. The resort town of Acapulco was cut off by floodwaters; landslides blocked the main highway leading from the city; hotels had to ration out food and water; 40,000 tourists were trapped with no way to get home; and 55 people lost their lives in the disaster.

This week, Japan was also hit by a major typhoon which forced 400,000 people to evacuate their homes, left two people dead, and hundreds more injured.

And how can those of us in America, and particularly those in Washington D.C., forget how this past week began. Residents of the nation’s capital were just getting into the groove of their work-week when we heard the news that a gunman had opened fire at the Washington Navy Yard — which is supposed to be one of the most secure locations in the country — less than three miles from the White House and the Capitol. Sadly, that situation ended with 12 innocent people being killed and eight more wounded.

On Thursday, 13 people, including several children, were wounded in a drive-by shooting at a park in Chicago. Chicago continues to have the highest homicide rate of any city in the United States. This week alone, 5 people were killed and 23 people were injured.

And on Saturday, Muslim gunmen from an extremist group in Somalia opened fire at a popular mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Over a thousand people who were out shopping and enjoying their weekend fled the mall, but at last count, nearly 60 had been killed and over 170 were wounded.

Those are just the events that garnered major media coverage. There are countless other tragedies that happen every day that don’t receive the glare of the cameras and that don’t affect as many people, but are just as heartbreaking. For example, the five children who all died in a fire at a house in Ohio, or the fourteen-year-old Georgia girl who was kidnapped by robbers who decided to take her because her family didn’t have any money for them to steal.

When we look around at these calamities, these tragedies, that happen in the world, it is easy to see why people are worried, anxious, and afraid. It is easy to see why people are searching for peace and stability in the midst of these chaotic events. We ask, How can I be peaceful? How can I be joyful? How can I not fall into depression?

Well, Jesus Christ gave several promises to His disciples that speak to this very issue.

+ Plus, listen to Laura Story singing “Perfect Peace”

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