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  • Writer's pictureRuth Dearnley


Headline news read that we have had 3 in a row. This past few days storms Dudley, Eunice and Franklin have pushed their way across the country causing destruction and damage to property and people’s lives.

We encountered another storm last Sunday morning when during the morning service Gill Keir led us in a meditation on Luke 8 v22 - 27. This storm doesn’t have a name but we are all familiar with the storm that rocked the boat which carried Jesus and his disciples to the other side of the lake. Jesus fell asleep, the disciples were scared, the waves rose and this storm threatened their plans, safety and lives.

Gill invited us to place ourselves in the story and focus on one word that resonated with us as she read the story slowly and carefully. As we focused on the story and our one word, we were encouraged to share our story, our need and feelings with Jesus. It was a simple invitation to a conversation.

We may often struggle to know or feel or believe that Jesus is alive and awake and is aware of the storms that threaten to rock our lives.

This story tells us Jesus listens, Jesus knows and Jesus can calm the storm. I have shared the story below. Take a moment this week to read it again, slowly. Find one word that resonates and take a few moments to be still and sense the presence of Jesus in the boat with us, whatever the weather.

Jesus calms the storm

One day Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. ‘Where is your faith?’ he asked his disciples In fear and amazement they asked one another, ‘Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.’

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