I am so glad I was not at Times Square in NYC on New Year's eve.  I may well have  died from all the noise and hoopla.

My favorite prayer hymn is "Be Still My Soul," which opening verse says,

Be still my soul the Lord is on thy sideBear patiently the cross of grief or painLeave to thy God to order and provideIn every change He faithful will remain

As we know, facing a crucifixion,  "Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, 'Sit here while I go over there and pray.'" Matthew 26:36

It is my experience that not only in times of crisis is it of immense value to find a quiet place, it is also the thing to do when we are dealing with the "ordinary," often-troubling issues of daily lliving.

As Paul advised his young friend, "For kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way."  (I Timothy 2:2)

I woul not describe the Times Square New Year's Eve scene in those words, would you?