Being Quiet in times of Stress

Today has been stressful not just for me but for people all over America and the world.

Today’s bombing at the Boston Marathon reminds us that the world we live in today is not the safe and secure world that many of us grew up in.

The news is filled with rumors, with suppositions and with talking heads who don’t have answers but have to be heard.

Maybe it’s time to just be quiet.

To wait.

To listen to God.

And, to pray.

For those who died.

For those who were injured.

For those who are there.

For our leaders and the leaders of the world.

For each other.

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14.

As President Obama said this afternoon, “On days like this, there are no Republicans or Democrats – we are Americans, united in our concern for our fellow citizens.”

So just for today, let’s put aside our differences and pray.

And, as the pictures from Boston show, let’s help each other. Reach out a hand to someone in need.


Be there for someone who needs you.

Because that’s what we do.

First as Christians and then as Americans and citizens of the world.

We need each other more today than ever.

The world is an ugly place. We need to do all we can to bring peace and beauty.


And everyday.


Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not trust in an idol
or swear by a false god

They will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The Lord Almighty—
he is the King of glory.



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