I was shocked late yesterday when I heard the news about the attacks in Paris. There I was, standing in line at an auto parts store, when an older gentleman came in and got in line behind me.
He asked “Did you hear what’s going on in Paris”? Neither I, or the rest of the guys there had, so he proceed to fill us all in with everything he knew. As he was wrapping up the details it was my turn at the cash register.
I proceeded to tell the store worker the part I needed and the make and model of my car. While this was going on the group of 5 or 6 guys kept talking about the situation.
I didn’t catch all of what they were saying but I did hear the old guy say, “You’ll never find peace by blowing things up.” I slid my debit card through the reader, grabbed my receipt, and left… but his comment stayed with me.
“You’ll never find peace by blowing things up.”
I thought about it on my way home. He was right on 2 levels… both physical and emotional. Whether you’re causing actual destruction or you’re escalating an argument… you’ll probably never find peace.
So how do you find peace? How do you react to such a senseless situation like the Paris attacks? Psalm 34:14 (NIV) seems to me like a great place to start.
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“Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.”
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by these tragic events. May God grant you comfort.