After an evening class, a couple of us had taken the metro home. As we exited the train to transfer, we quickly noticed that the power was out in the station. With just that one change in the environment, everything seemed different. As we waited for our train to arrive, what normally would have been a few minutes of happily chatting turned into heightened awareness and a focus on, “What’s going on?”


Life is often the same way. Dark times can take us by surprise and upend everything leaving us feeling anxious and grasping for answers. So, what do we do? In a recent team prayer time, we re-read a familiar verse, “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.” John 14:27 Hard times will come, and they will be difficult. However, this verse reminds us that we are NOT alone–Peace is literally with us–even when all we can see in front of us is darkness. Don’t give up, lift your eyes, and be held!