Read Mark 4: 35-41
Neither death, nor life . . . nor height, nor depth, nor
anything else in all creation, will be able to separate
us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In today’s reading, the disciples were overcome by fear and
woke Jesus from a sound sleep. They cried out and questioned
his care for them. But Jesus calmed the wind and waves with
the command, “Peace! Be still!” Jesus then challenged the
disciples, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Similarly, the storms of life assault us with little or no
warning. Winds of change scream and howl. We are tossed up
on the shore like driftwood, where we may find ourselves lying
among the wreckage of serious health problems, ruptured
family relationships, or broken dreams.
When we face hard times, grief and pain can dominate our
days and fear may visit us in the middle of the night. Like the
disciples, we cry out, “Lord, do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus may not instantly command these winds and
waves, “Be still!” But he does say to us, “Peace!” He speaks
with loving-kindness to
comfort and strengthen us.
Scripture reminds us that
our Lord will never leave
us or forsake us. We are
encouraged to cast all our
cares, concerns, hurts, fears, and pain on God because God
cares for us. (See 1 Pet. 5: 7.)
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers and giving
us your peace in the stormy times of our lives. Amen.
Patricia Wilgis-Patton (Texas)
Prayer Focus: THOSE RECOVERING FROM
— Romans 8: 38-39 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
When my life seems to be
falling apart, Jesus can
give me peace.