Winds were strong in Joplin, Missouri yesterday. It’s my first time here, and I couldn’t help but think of the deadly and costly tornado that struck this city in 2011. I also thought the blustery winds were a good metaphor for life today.  National and world events explode daily into violent storms; people’s lives change in an instant.  In the midst of it all, God continues to whisper, “Be still and know that I am God.”

So it is these days that we encourage students making the Busy Person Retreat at Missouri Southern State University to Breathe, just breathe” as Jonny Diaz sings. Rest a few moments at the feet of Jesus and let him calm the chaos of daily life. Find the integration and meaning you seek in this friend who says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.” Breathe, be still, listen—these are practices that are perfect for Lent and for every season.