Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 24, 2011
- Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 24, 2011
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Chi Rho Reflection to you.
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
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"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the
boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he
dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed
the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to
pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but
by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was
far from the land, for the wind was against them.
And early in the morning he came walking towards
them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him
walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying,
'It is a ghost!' And they cried out in fear.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said,
'Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'"
I have been at sea in rough and stormy weather.
I have stood watches throughout the night. Who
would not be terrified to see someone walking on
the water? Exhaustion combined with fear is
easily experienced by all of us. These paralyzing
feelings leave us vulnerable to terror, doubt, and
I have also heard many sermons on these verses
criticizing the terrified disciples. After all,
they had been with Jesus for a long time. They
had lingered with his remarkable words, enjoyed
his friendship, marveled at his miracles, and
had participated in miraculous ministries. You
would think nothing would surprise them about
Jesus at this point in their lives.
We see Jesus in his humanity and divinity. Jesus
now needs time alone. After sending the crowd home,
Jesus sends the disciples away so he could go up on
the mountain and pray by himself. He needed to be
alone with his feelings and to pray without
interruption. The disciples obeyed him and began
sailing their boat to the other side of the lake.
It was difficult sailing against the wind and the
waves, but they were making progress. Late in the
night, they see Jesus walking on the water towards
them and they are terrified.
Jesus says, "Take courage. It is I. Do not be
afraid." The Bible encourages us not to be afraid
in more than three hundred places. We are to release
our fear and trust Jesus, God's water walker.
God, help us take courage and not fear in the strong,
protective presence of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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