Mind's control in time of crisis

The phone rang. "There's a robber in the bank across the street," a young friend said breathlessly. "He's got a rifle and he's taken hostages. My girlfriend is in there! Please help me pray. My apartment is full of cameramen filming it all on TV. There's so much confusion."

Outside, police sirens wailed. My television screen showed a familiar street in my own neighborhood full of official vehicles, heavily armed police, loud bullhorns.

I turned from the scene and prayed first to quiet my own feelings of outrage and fear. I recalled the biblical account of Christ Jesus' confrontation with anger and violence. A mob had tried to push him over a precipice. "But he passing through the midst of them went his way," Luke 4:30; the narrative reports. Danger defused! What had he known? What advice would he have given us?

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You're no time bomb
February 25, 1980

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