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October 6, 2020 50 min
Gone is life as the world knew it    When New Year's Day 2020 came in, the resolutions began and planners made their plans for the year. Some people already had dates in 2020 scheduled well before 2019 came to an end. Most people in America had no idea that in March 2020 everything would come to a screeching halt. Because COVID-19 changed life as the world knew it. So, with all that is happening daily, there are those who are searching for peace in stressful times.   Sadly, many people have lost their lives and others have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. In May of 2020, The Harvard Gazette published the article, ‘The lesson is to never forget,’ by Liz Mineo. And in it, Olga Jonas, a senior fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute, compares COVID-19 to the deadly influenza pandemic of 1918.   A new normal  Now, generally speaking, one's daily responsibilities can cause a great deal of stress. For many, that is their norm. But there is a new normal. And the change is harder on some than it is on others. Thus, in the wake of COVID-19, stress is at an all-time high.  No doubt, the quarantine, and loss of jobs have some people worried about the future. Because they can't pay their rent/mortgage or any other bills they may have. Moreover, some can't provide their families with the essentials for daily living. And let's not forget the parents who now find themselves homeschooling their kids. And this, as some parents are also working from home.  Searching for peace  To have peace in the midst of stressful situations can make all the difference in how one handles them. According to Dictionary.com, peace is freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, or anxiety. In particular, everyone knows someone who seems ‘at peace’ no matter what's going on around them. But how is that even possible, smack dab in the middle of chaos? Well, let's see what the Holy Bible has to say about that.  Peace that transcends human understanding   Isaiah 26:3 Amplified Bible says,  “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both [inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]."  In other words, when life overwhelms you, first pray--ask God for His help. Next, listen for His directions. And last but not least, read His word as written in the Holy Bible. I am a witness, if you ask, He will give you His perfect peace. But know this, His peace only comes through Jesus Christ. In fact, it is, a peace that transcends human understanding.   Jesus explained peace to His disciples. John 14:27 The Passion Translation says, “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!"  Essential Workers  For sure, I would be remiss if I did not mention all the essential workers on the frontlines of this world crisis. Admittedly, they have been the heroes throughout this pandemic. Being that they put their lives on the line each time they go to work. It goes without question that some essential workers have an element of danger on the job. But, the employees, at your favorite supermarket do not usually have that same level of risk. Neither do the delivery drivers or pharmacy associates. That is an added stress they did not have before COVID-19.  Again, there is a peace that is readily available in the darkest of times. Luke 1:79 New Living Translation says, "to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace.”  John 16:33 New Living Translation offers assurance,   “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  Receive God’s perfect peace 
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