Sunday, 13th Week after Pentecost

Text: Mark 4:35-41

Prayer Pointers:

To know God’s presence in every storm of life

To let Christ’s words guide you always

For those recovering from storms

WE TRUST IN CHRIST in moments of calm and ease, when things are going well. We expect things to go well! There should be no struggle, no obstacle, no pain, no worry. This very modern expectation is a source of all kinds of difficulty in our world, where our technologies and abilities makes it all the more incredible to us that we should be thwarted, that we should not have all we wish, that things should not be “easy sailing.”

Luther declared that the moment of the first gust of wind, the first wave hitting the boat turned the disciples on their master, and so says:

we should never despair: not in the agony of sin, not in the peril of death, not in the tumult of the world; rather, be assured, my friends, that we are not lost, but are in our Lord’s keeping, though the wave should crash and our little craft be overwhelmed! His arm is strong, stronger than the tempest…cry out, for he will hear.

Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard And hushed their raging at Thy word, Who walkedst on the foaming deep, And calm amidst its rage didst sleep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood Upon the chaos dark and rude, And bid its angry tumult cease, And give, for wild confusion, peace; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea! O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren's shield in danger's hour; From rock and tempest, fire and foe, Protect them wheresoe'er they go; Thus evermore shall rise to Thee Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


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