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Reaching Out For the Holy One

How do you resonate with the story of the disciples and Peter in the storm? How does Jesus come to you when you are full of fear?
The meditation and prayer below are meant to be a follow up to last Sunday’s worship.
May you experience God in the joys and the trials of your life. May your faith be enriched as you are guided ever closer to the One who reaches for you in all life’s situation.
Grace and Peace,

Water Walker

As the setting sun fell away
and the wind took the space of light
the waves
like a claw
shaped the tension
between stability and capsize
and the ghost called
from among the swell
‘step out! step out!’
and as Peter’s foot
sank into the waves
with the first steps
of an impossible journey
the miracle was born:
not that Jesus was a water-walker
but that Peter
with a surge of belief
that tore through doubt
loosened himself
from that which he was familiar
but the devil of deception
robbed him
with a last pull
and faith fell away
and in that single moment
the Savior caught him
‘o ye of yet little faith’
which hid a promise
that realizes
from little seeds
kingdom’s grow
and this was only the start
for a disciple who always willing
to get his feet wet
Roddy Hamilton

A Prayer for Loving through the storms 

The worst storms, Jesus, are the ones caused by our fear,
when we grow afraid of losing our power,
or we grow suspicious of the power of others,
when we refuse to acknowledge your mysterious authority;
Yet, it’s in the storm that we find our capacity to love.
In releasing our weak claim to power
and opening to your reign,
we discover a new way of seeing ourselves –
as called and useful and beloved –
and the other, whoever they may be –
as dignified and precious and beloved.
Here in the storm, Jesus, we need you, and we need each other,
and the love you give us to share,
leads us through sacrifice and self-giving
to peace and calm,
if only we will loose our hold on fear. Amen.

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Bonnie Lassiter

Thank you Nancy.

East Cobb United Methodist Church

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