Thursday, 22nd week of Pentecost

Text: Acts 27:27-44

Prayer Pointers:

For courage in storms

For trust in God in every aspect of life

For wisdom

THE STORY OF PAUL’S SHIPWRECK brings to mind another story of a famous Biblical voyage: the journey of Jonah to Tarshish. The details are similar, for there is a man of God on board, a storm rises that cannot be overcome, and there is doubt over the fate of the ship and the crew. Paul responds well, Jonah somewhat less so, but the core of both stories is that God is at work in life and when we give ourselves to his care things turn out as they should.

Notice I did not say they turn out necessarily as we might wish. We like to pretend that we ourselves have the kind of far sight that is needed for decision making, but if our far sight was so sharp, we wouldn’t hear so much about the power of hindsight! A good example of this was the vote taken earlier in chapter 27 about whether to stay in Fair Havens or return to the voyage. The “let’s go” side won the vote. What was the result? A terrible storm, 14 days adrift, hunger, shipwreck, the mad scramble of 276 persons to get free of the foundering boat and safe to shore. Not the kind of thing that the cruise lines like to advertise! Yet, all of these events did not thwart God’s desire for Paul to be delivered in Rome.

Of course, it did not have to be that way. Paul himself advised staying in Fair Havens! Paul’s trust in God was not encouragement to recklessness but neither was his trust an excuse to be afraid. Paul, the man of God, has not become passive, but has learned the gracious ways of God and continually leans into his Lord, trusting him in all things and takes action on the basis of that trust. Paul himself had written to the Roman Christians “if we live, we live to the Lord; if we die, we die to the Lord, so whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Paul can write this because his life and his death are not in his own hands, but in God’s.

As are ours.

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


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.