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Holy Week Devotions 2016
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - Ken McKeown

“And when he entered into a boat, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the boat was covered with the waves; but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us; we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?”
Matthew 8:23-27 KJV


I am certain that, like me, there have been times in life when the stress of work, the stress of trying to live a Christian life in an ever growing secular culture, and the stress associated with making life altering decisions just might cause us to think that waves are going to overcome us.  It is at times like these that I remember the verse of the Naval Hymn that goes like this:

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walked'st 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!
These are words of comfort to me, not just the words of the hymn but the powerful words of Jesus – “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Gracious God, help me to hear your voice in both the storm and in the silence. In Christ Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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