Mark 4:36-41 (NRSV)

36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

Psalm 46:1 (NRSV)

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present  help in trouble.

DEVOTION – Nelly Reina (Cordoba, Argentina)

How many times have we tucked in our children for the night, only to have them scamper into our room during a fierce thunderstorm?  We put our arms around them and hold them tight, and soon they fall asleep again.  The children go in search of refuge, a place where they know they will be safe and secure.

Just like children frightened by a storm, we often become terrified and suffer greatly when we encounter life’s storms and trials.  But we also have a safe place, a refuge, in our powerful God whose arms enfold us.

In today’s reading, when Jesus and the disciples got into a boat, a “windstorm arose” and the disciples thought they would perish.  Then Jesus calmed the storm.  Jesus has the same power to calm the tempests of our lives and to offer us shelter in his loving arms.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: When storms come, we can rest secure in the arms of the Lord.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us turn to you to calm our fears.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: CHILDREN AND THEIR SAFETY

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