A couple weeks ago, I heard an incredibly loud explosion about 11:30 PM when someone tried to kick in my front door, completely shattering the glass on my storm door and cracking the wood on the front door.
A week ago, I was laid off.
I am also suddenly in the deepest credit card debt, by far, that I've ever been in, because of the IRS and because of Overdraft Protection fees.
Jobs are very hard to find in this area. This county has the highest unemployment rate in the state, and the lowest pay rate.
We are in the middle of a global economic crisis.
The most dangerous type of light bulb, CFLs, which can cause headaches; skin problems; brain damage; kidney damage; can damage photographs; and causes interference to radios, TVs, phones, and remote controls, may become the only legal bulb by 2014.
Bird flu and swine flu may become pandemic (a world-wide epidemic).
And I suspect that things will only get worse.
In the midst of all this, the Pastor at the church I was at tonight talked about the peace of Christ for the Christian, which far surpasses any peace (or semblance of peace) that the world can offer. We who are Christians should rejoice that our names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and that we have a better home to look forward to. Therefore, I wanted to share a few verses about peace for the Christian.
"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."
"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."