Day 1 – Finding Order in Chaos…is it possible?

In this chaotic world, having inner peace has become a luxury. Yet, no one wants to live in a state of restlessness. Therefore, whether or not one has religious beliefs, he or she will intentionally or unintentionally seek some spiritual nourishment and anchor in order to obtain a sense of security that cannot come from oneself. Usually, this sense of security comes from a sense of order in life, and this sense of security ensures that people can have some basic control even when faced with uncertainties of the future.

This need for security is usually fulfilled by one's family and the society. For example, a society that is stable with a trustworthy government, a good healthcare system and job security; and in the family aspect: a happy family and marriage, a desirable living environment, a stable income, harmonious relationships among family members, good education for the children and so on.

But in the current world and social environment, especially during the pandemic, can we really rely on these external factors to obtain the sense of security we need? So, is it impossible to achieve true inner peace in this day and age? In fact, there has not been a time in history when people did not face any local challenges or even persecutions. What we need is an interior order to achieve inner peace that cannot be taken away even if the external environment is not desirable.

In this Lenten retreat, let us learn from Jesus together with Martha and Mary, to experience this interior order and to put it into practice. In the process, let us also learn from Martha and Mary, and from their experiences, how to serve God properly,how  to make choices that please God, and the right way and attitude to serve others.

“Strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
(Matthew 6:33)


Have you experienced a loss of inner peace because of the chaos in society and the world?

In the past, how did you attempt to find order in chaos?

When you felt you had lost a sense of order and inner peace, were you hopeless and ready to give up? How did you face it?


Dear Lord Jesus, the state of the society and the world is so overwhelming that I feel hopeless and lifeless at times and have lost confidence in myself and have lost hope for the future. But I know You are here, You are in control, and You have a way to guide me to face these trials. Please don't let me lose faith in you! During this Lent, grant me the faith and perseverance I need to seek Your kingdom first and trust that you will give me everything I need. This prayer I ask in Your holy name. Amen!

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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