There are probably very few of us who have actually heard the “pop, pop, pop” of an assault rifle or automatic weapon. And i can only imagine the panic that must set in when those “pop, pop, pop” sounds resonate thru a mall or school hallway. And i can only imagine the near paralyses that must seize a person when they run for their lives in a play ground or movie theater as multiple rounds are whizzing by their heads. And i hope i never have to bend down after such an event to see if my friend or family member is still alive after one or more of those rounds have torn thru their body.

This type of scenario is becoming more and more frequent. And when it does, the controversy also arises about gun control. Proponents to owning a gun site the 2nd Amendment and may say,” Guns don’t kill, people kill.” Whereas proponents to gun control may ask why anyone needs an assault or automatic weapon, let alone body armor. But maybe a better question would be: Where, as a civilization (and i use that term very loosely), are we heading? Life is so different today than it was just 20 years ago. The cars we drive are so complicated that it just about takes a PHD to work on one. The way we communicate is constantly changing. Who actually has a verbal conversation anymore? Who actually has time to do so? The food we eat is changing. Is organic really organic? What the hek is organic?

Our son is grown now, and they have daughters who are too young to know what is going on. But how does a parent tell their grade school, or middle school child it’s safe to go back to school the next day? And how does a husband feel when his wife heads for the mall to finish the Christmas shopping? Do we call the police every time we see a vehicle on our street that we don’t recognize? Who is that person wearing a hoodie walking in front of the local elementary school?

Here’s a question: Where do we now turn to find truth and comfort in a world that offers neither? Jesus told His disciples in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I believe the irony in that verse is when Jesus eludes to not giving as the world gives. Has there ever, in all of history, been a time when the world has been completely at any kind of peace? I’m going to go with, no.

For those of us with a faith in Jesus, now would be a pretty good time to share that peace with, perhaps, someone who is struggling with what is going on in the world. Maybe a comforting arm around a shoulder, a phone call to give comforting words to a family member, or a knock on the door of a neighbor who we know lives by themselves.

And for those who may not have a faith at all, perhaps that whisper you hear in your heart is coming from the One who also told us, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:29,30) Maybe, just maybe, it’s not actually about looking to this world for peace after all. Maybe, just maybe, it’s all about looking to the One who loves us as we are, in a world that is broken.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        <><