October 30, 2012: A Prayer for the Storm-tossed

Posted on : Oct 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Still Speaking

So Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.  But when he saw how strong the wind was, he became frightened.  He began to sink, and cried out, “Save me!”  Matthew 14:30

Two weeks ago in worship we focused on the story of the disciples being in a boat when a ferocious storm arises.  The disciples where terribly frightened, then Jesus appeared to them “walking on water.”  Jesus calls to Peter to come out of the boat and come to him which he does until he starts sinking.

I shared with you that I thought that story is best understood as experiencing God in our lives during those times when our lives are tossed and turned, out of control, and when we feel like we’re sinking.  For millions in our country, now is one of those times.  The weather related effects of the ferocious and disastrous hurricane Sandy are just beginning to be seen.  There is much suffering and much loss.

Many of us have friends and family living in the areas that have been hit by the storm.  Most of us know the fear and after effects of living through such a horrible experience.  It is at times like these, that it is most helpful to have faith and trust in our God, who is there reaching out to us, just like Jesus did with Peter, to calm us, comfort us and “save us” (strengthen us).

Our Conference Minister, Felix Villanueva, sent us the following prayer.  Pray it and pass it on to friends and family, especially those whose lives have been so affected by this ferocious storm and its aftermath.

BTW, through our annual gifts to the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering, we are already present and helping those who need emergency assistance and offering the gift of faith through Church World Service.

Holding one another in prayer,

Dan

Dear friends,

Please join me in prayer for those in Sandy’s path.

 

Loving God,

Comfort and strengthen those whose lives are storm-tossed and all who, loving them, share their fear and uncertainty.

Walk with them in present danger and uncertain future, empowering them to reach out in love to others in need.

In the name of the One who calmed the storm we pray.

Amen

Felix

 

 

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