2017-12-01 / Chaplain's News

Finding peace in the storm

Chaplain (Capt.) Christopher Hart
Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center

MCC graphic MCC graphic Natural disaster often comes when no one is expecting it. The world has experienced different natural disasters such as the hurricanes, tropical storms, tornadoes, mudslides, flooding caused by heavy rainfall and fires caused by explosions or wildfires, etc.

Such are the issues of life; they hit like a storm. Sometimes very furious and damaging, violent and devastating.

Storms bring sorrow, pain, suffering and loss of property and lives. Storms render us absolutely helpless, in agony and frustration.

Yet in all of this, we can still find peace in the storm and reason to be thankful during this season of Thanksgiving.

In June 2017, according to The New York Times, a village in southwestern China experienced an avalanche of mud and rocks when a hillside collapsed.

More than 140 people were reported dead and over 3,000 rescuers worked tirelessly looking for survivors.

Family members were left in agony and grief for their losses.

In August 2017, in Sierra Leone, West Africa, reported more than 1,000 people killed from the devastating mudslide and flooding that hit the Regent city of Freetown in Sierra Leone.

The people of Sierra Leone are still grieving their loss.

Many survivors have no home to return to. Family members left in agony, pain and suffering.

“Who should we really blame?” “Why should the lives of 1,000 end tragically like this?” asked Bishop Temple who delivered the Sunday sermon at a Methodist Church near Regent.

On Aug. 25, Hurricane Harvey landed in Houston Texas, dropping 52 inches of rain that caused flooding.

According to nbcdfw.com, Hurricane Harvey killed more than 70 people. However, before the U.S. could recover from Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma struck the Caribbean and the U.S. territory from Puerto Rico to Florida, impacting Georgia to the Carolinas and then Hurricane Maria made landfall Sept.20 in Puerto Rico and wreaked havoc on the island.

How do you find peace in the midst of all of this chaos?

These are some of the questions that I have been frequently asked.

As a Christian and someone who believes in the promises of God for His creation, my answer has always been; Yes in all of these, we can still find peace in our shares of the storm.

Just like the world faces natural disaster, we as humans have our own share of storms.

There are storms in relationships; stormy financial situations; or health problems that keep you in and out of the hospital.

Sometimes it could be situations with family members or even spiritual storms, struggling to find your spiritual identity or who you truly are.

Struggling to find what gives you a basic sense of hope and meaning in life.

Faith is the key to the peace we are seeking. Faith in God and faith in the higher power that wakes you up every day is the key to finding peace in the storm.

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart” (Psalm 91 verse 4 NIV).

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