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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Calming life's storms

  • In church on Sunday, our scripture reading was one I have heard many times throughout my life. This week it seemed a perfect reminder for the events over the last few weeks in our community. The reading was from Mark 4:35-41. The Bible story this reading is from is when Jesus calms the storm. If you are unfamiliar, I’ll share it with you.
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  • In church on Sunday, our scripture reading was one I have heard many times throughout my life. This week it seemed a perfect reminder for the events over the last few weeks in our community. The reading was from Mark 4:35-41. The Bible story this reading is from is when Jesus calms the storm. If you are unfamiliar, I’ll share it with you.
     
    That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be Still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
     
    Can you relate this Bible story to the squalls in your lives? I sure can. Can you imagine needing to deal with those life storms if we have no faith to rely on?
     
    Sunday I visited with friends over the dinner table and we had become members of Faith United Methodist Church here in Sleepy Eye at the same time. We all said how much more difficult life would be without our faith. We also agreed how at home we feel in our church. The comfort of knowing the members are not only just our church family but they truly care for us. That faith, for me, needs nurturing every week. Sometimes every day.
     
    One thing I know for sure, like the wise builder, faith needs a firm foundation. Matthew 7:24-28 says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” May you find your firm foundation and have the storms of life calmed.
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    Thought for the week: Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. –Raymond Lindquist.

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