March 13, 2020

Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-41
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 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?” 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. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 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?”

  • Peace! Be still! Many people in our world are taking to the seas and wild places in fear for their lives. They are fleeing violence in their communities. They are searching for a new beginning for themselves or for their whole families. They are trying to survive. As you journal today, try to imagine their plight. What does it mean that their boat is being bashed about, but that Christ goes with them? You, like Jesus, have been given a voice that you can use to cry out to still the waters and the winds that buffet these refugees and migrants. Close your journaling time by writing a prayer for those in peril today.
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