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Finding Peace in the Arms of God                   August 21, 2013

Dear friends,

I was so angry. When I saw the construction vehicles I lost it. It was about 10:00 p.
m. I was tired and frustrated and was just getting home after a long day. I hadn’t
slept much the night before because of the obnoxious noise levels from the
construction crew working on the street. The banging and beeping had kept me up
all night long.

I am usually pretty even tempered but my nerves were shot and I went looking for
someone that I could vent my frustration on. I ended up unloading on an
unsuspecting policeman, a city worker, a couple of dump truck drivers and a
member of the road crew. Fortunately for me, they were good sports and they let
me vent.

In the end, they told me that there was nothing I could do. They said, “Try calling
city hall,” but they laughed. One of the guys said, “Those guys don’t care about us.
They listen to you and then do whatever they want. But don’t forget to pay your
taxes.”

It is a cynical way to look at things but it is exactly the kind of reality we live with
today. Just look at the news. In a world that is growing increasingly impersonal,
where no one seems to care about you or me, frustrations build up and more and
more instances of violence and rage are being seen.

So where do we, as people of faith, go when justice systems fail and political
leaders won’t listen to you? You can march on city hall but you might as well be
shouting in the wind. You can vote. It helps but it takes a while to see any changes.
I’ve found that I have the greatest sense of peace when I go to the one who loves
us and calls us by name.

Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you
rest.”  The way I figure it is that if Jesus could calm the raging sea then he can
calm us down and give us that same peace as well.

That's what I needed the other night. I found it when I paused and spent a little
time with Jesus in prayer. By morning I had a whole new perspective and was ready
to face whatever came my way. So when stress comes your way, spend a little time
with Lord and you will be amazed at what he can do.

God bless. See you in church. Cal