During the past few weeks, the news has reported that many teenagers have been stabbed to death. These knife attacks sadden me, as many teenagers have been lost—killed by other teenagers! This means that many young lives are being adversely affected, whether through death, imprisonment or fear.
What do we do in times like this? It’s easy to panic, feeling fearful and unsure of what we can do to prevent such tragedy. These recent events have me thinking about peace and how it is missing from so many people’s lives.
As a Christian, I understand that as I enter a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, I not only am promised eternal life but also begin to experience all He offers me now, and that includes peace.
The Bible teaches us that 'If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men' and that we should 'Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.'
What we can do in times of turmoil is continue seeking peace with those around us, turning from evil and doing good to others. We can pray for peace. We must not lose hope because God reassures us that 'I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world'.
At this moment, the families of those who have been attacked or killed need our prayers. The families of those who have committed these attacks need our prayers. And the young people who live in fear need our prayers.
Knowing God does not mean that we will never be affected by bad things; it means that we retain hope that things can and will get better. It means that we have direct access to God through prayer and that we have Him fighting for us.
Let’s continue to pray for peace and that more will come to know God, so they too can experience that peace for themselves.
Amber Burgess is our Office and Events Manager and she is also a Chistian blogger.