Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 5, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of June 5, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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Storms are calmed
"A gale arose on the lake, so great that the boat
was being swamped by the waves; but Jesus was
asleep. And the disciples went and woke him up,
saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!'"
I have been in furious storms on some of the world's
mighty oceans. As life-threatening waves sweep over
the boat, sometimes all you can do is hang on for
dear life while desperately praying for calm seas.
Sometimes I have gotten caught in vicious summer
squalls while sailing small boats. One night, a
fellow shipmate fell overboard and I feared he had
drowned. I heard his voice from the dark waters
and threw a lifeline. He was able to climb back
into the boat as the waves churned in fury and we
were flung from side to side in the boat. When
the squall passed by, we became becalmed. There
was not even a whisper of wind. We could hear
and feel the stillness. In the quiet we could
hear fish jump. The stars came out. The sea
looked like dark velvet. Bruised and battered,
we managed to sail home. After we docked the boat,
I knelt down and kissed the ground in profound
gratitude for our safety.
In today's story, the terrified disciples were
seasoned sailors and professional fisherman.
They too, feared for their lives while Jesus
was sleeping. In their terror, they shouted a
profound prayer, "Lord, save us! We are going
Jesus woke up and chastised them for their little
faith. He asked why they were so fearful. Then
he stood up on the wildly rocking boat and rebuked
the waves and the wind. It became completely calm.
The terrified disciples were amazed and asked a
question we need to answer today. "What kind of
man is Jesus?" Even nature obeys him! I have
always wondered if they knelt down and kissed the
ground in gratitude after landing their boat.
Who is Jesus? Who is he to you? Is there something
in your life that feels out of control? Have you
ever wondered if Jesus could help you?
Feel free to ask him for help. Ask for calm seas,
rest from the bruises of life, and safe harbor for
your souls. He is our wonderful Navigator through
life's troubled waters. He is our divine lifeline.
Lord, save us! Protect us from spiritual drowning!
Help us get into safe harbor. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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