A moment of peace

Today was the inauguration day. It began at 5:00 a.m. and ended around 12 hours later. We knew today would be controversial, tense and thought-provoking at the very least. However, what happened early in the morning gave me pause and made me think about what is really important.

To get into the Capitol Mall, everyone had to go through a security checkpoint. The checkpoint was heavily crowded with people of every political stance. On one side, we had anti-inauguration protesters attempting to barge through the crowd and get to the front in order to achieve the goal of their chant, which was “Block the line!” On the other side, we had Trump supporters who made jokes about feminists and chanted “Build the wall!”

Six of us were in the middle of the chaos where people started getting violent and aggressive towards anyone who did not express their views.

Instead of participating in either chant, we simply decided that it would be a good moment to pray. The six of us gathered in a small circle in the middle of the crowd and prayed for peace, clear minds and safety.

For a brief couple of minutes, our group found peace in the chaos. All of the politics and hatred melted away when we were able to focus on what was important. God’s love for us and the comfort that he has a plan for each of us that is more important than politics.

Today was trying, but I was comforted by our morning prayer.

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  1. #1 by toddino17 on January 21, 2017 - 1:09 am

    My favorite blog post! There is no fear where the Lord is present. I truly believe that. Jesus is synonymous with hope, peace, respect and most of all love. How wonderful it is that He can give us solace even in these crazy situations that we found ourselves in today. Each time I found myself becoming anxious, nervous, or even scared, I just turned to the Lord and found peace. He just does amazing things! Thank you Peter for being a brother in Christ and sharing this trip together. It is wonderful to know that I can join with you and others in the group in prayer and praise for the Lord!

  2. #2 by caseylmcclure on January 23, 2017 - 11:30 pm

    Reading this literally gave me goosebumps. I know I was not amongst you six, and that time was much more trying than us four others was, but it gives me an immense amount of comfort. Our country is currently completely divided, and many people cannot see other side of the argument. What I do know, though, is that in times like this if you are able to find comfort in Christ, He will ultimately prevail. It moves me to know that you 6 were able to take a moment to pray. The other 4 of us did the same before we entered security, and I believe that it one of the things that truly kept all of us safe throughout the day.

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